Great River Passage equity initiatives (year 1 of 2)
Operating budget for project and equity initiatives in Mississippi River Gorge, Hidden Falls-Crosby Farm, Lilydale-Harriet Island-Cherokee-Raspberry Island, and Battle Creek-Indian Mounds-Pigs Eye Regional Parks, as well as Sam Morgan and Bruce Vento Regional Trails. Using principles and guidance from the Great River Passage Master Plan, initiatives will support innovative public engagement, establishing organizational partnerships, providing areas for cultural activities, and enhancing participation in natural resource based activities, programs, and multi-modal access.? Projects will include protection and restoration of natural areas, bluffs and slopes. Goals include increasing annual visits by underserved demographic groups to these regional parks and trails.
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL$17,237,000$18,067,000
(a) $17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 the second year are for distribution according to Minnesota Statutes, section 85.53, subdivision 3.
(b) Money appropriated under this section and distributed to implementing agencies must be used to fund the list of recommended projects in the report submitted pursuant to Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section 4, paragraph (o). Projects funded by the money appropriated under this section must be substantially consistent with the project descriptions and dollar amounts in the report. Any funds remaining after completion of the listed projects may be spent by the implementing agencies on projects to support parks and trails.
(c) Grant agreements entered into by the Metropolitan Council and recipients of money appropriated under this section must ensure that the funds are used to supplement and not substitute for traditional sources of funding.
(d) The implementing agencies receiving appropriations under this section shall give consideration to contracting with Conservation Corps Minnesota for restoration, maintenance, and other activities.
1. Goat Grazing, 55,000 attendees; Mississippi River Paddle Share, 132 Users; Family Camping at the River, 60 attendees; East Side River District - Reveal Walkabout, 50 attendees; Great River Passage Event Calendar, 1,566 single views; Photographers in Residence, 3 resident artists and audience of 1,250; Voices of the River, 3 featured people;, 539 views. 2. 26 Organizational partnerships 3. Leveraged existing park areas highlighting cultural partnerships and programs throught the Great River Passage event calendar orienting the public to hundreds of activities taking place at or on the river. 4. Crosby Farm Regional Park, Restorationand Invasive Mitigation - 14 acres lakeside bluff and forest; Indian Mounds Regional Park, Bluff Invasive Mitigation and Restoration - 16.5 acres bluff and forest; Pig's Eye Regional Park, Adaptive Tree Nursery pilot - 1/2 acre floodplain forest