Metropolitan Regional Park System Land Acquisition

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2008
End Date
June 2011
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2008, Chp. 367, Sec. 2, Subd. 03i
Appropriation Language

$1,500,000 is from the trust fund to the Metropolitan Council for subgrants for the acquisition of lands within the approved park unit boundaries of the metropolitan regional park system. This appropriation may not be used for the purchase of residential structures. Subdivision 11 applies to grants awarded in the approved work program. A list of proposed fee title and easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required work program. All funding for conservation easements must include a long-term stewardship plan and funding for monitoring and enforcing the agreement. This appropriation must be matched by at least 40 percent of nonstate money and must be committed by December 31, 2008, or the appropriation cancels. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2011, at which time the project must be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is specified in the work program.

2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Overall Project Outcome and Results
This $1.5 million appropriation leveraged a total of $1,833,241 of other funds to acquire 66.7 acres for the Metropolitan Regional Park System as follows:

  • 0.5 acres including shoreline of the Mississippi River for Above the Falls Regional Park in Minneapolis (Grant SG-2008-143: $81,392 Environment Trust Funds and $54,261 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $45,216 of Minneapolis Park & Rec. Board funds for a total of $180,870).
  • 9.42 acres along Rush Creek for Rush Creek Regional Trail managed by Three Rivers Park District in suburban Hennepin County (Grant SG-2009-021: $244,440 Environment Trust Funds and $152,528 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $132,233 of Three Rivers Park District funds for a total of $529,200).
  • 8.89 acres including shoreline of Schulz Lake for Carver Park Reserve, managed by Three Rivers Park District in Carver County (Grant SG-2009-059: $431,640 Environment Trust Funds and $287,760 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $239,800 Three Rivers Park District funds for a total of $959,200).
  • 8.12 acres including shoreline of Cedar Lake for Cedar Lake Farm in Scott County (Grant SG-2009-062: $221,810 Environment Trust Funds and $147,873 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $123,228 of Scott County funds for a total of $492,911).
  • 38 acres including shoreline of the Mississippi River for Grey Cloud Island Regional Park in Washington County (Grant SG-2010-045: $445,455 Environment Trust Funds, and $296,970 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $247,475 of Washington County funds for a total of $989,900).
  • 1.8 acres including shoreline of the St. Croix River for the St. Croix Valley Regional Trail in Washington County (Grant SG-2010-052: $75,263 Environment Trust Funds and $60,608 Metro Council bonds, and matched with $45,290 of Washington County funds for a total of $181,161).


Project Results Use and Dissemination
Each regional park agency that received a grant or grants from this appropriation informs the public about the land acquisition with its own website and news releases. The Metropolitan Council also publishes a "Regional Parks Directory and Map" that informs the public about the recreation activities available at each regional park and trail and includes website addresses and phone numbers for each park agency for more information. Finally, the Metropolitan Council's website includes an interactive parks map that contains the same information as the paper version of the "Regional Parks Directory and Map" at http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/r-pk-map.htm.