Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program - GMRPTC managed

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2022 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,857,000
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,139,000
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,910,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,445,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,293,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,033,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,618,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Project Overview

To provide grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance outside of the seven county metropolitan area. Funding for this grant program is from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by the voters in 2008.

Beginning July 1, 2015 (fiscal year 2016), the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) assumed management of reviewing and awarding these grants. That is, they became 'pass-through' grants with DNR staff providing administrative support to GMRPTC only.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2021 First Special Session Ch. 1 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$10857000 the first year and $11074000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants awarded under this paragraph must be based on the lists of recommended projects submitted to the legislative committees under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 subdivision 10 from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $456000 the first year and $456000 the second year are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2022 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,857,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2019 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$9910000 the first year and $10139000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants awarded under this paragraph must be based on the lists of recommended projects submitted to the legislative committees under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 subdivision 10 from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $446000 the first year and $456000 the second year are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,139,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2019 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$9910000 the first year and $10139000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants awarded under this paragraph must be based on the lists of recommended projects submitted to the legislative committees under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 subdivision 10 from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $446000 the first year and $456000 the second year are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,910,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

25.5 miles of existing trail are planned to be restored or improved. , The target is to develop 9.2 new miles of trail. , Two plans are targeted for development in this period.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$8293000 the first year and $9445000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants awarded under this paragraph shall be based on the lists of recommended projects submitted to the legislative committees under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 subdivision 10 from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $424000 the first year and $399000 the second year are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,445,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Eight (8) parks are targeted for development or restoration., The target is to develop 22.63 new miles of trail.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Parks developed or rehabilitated: Grant recipients have up to three (3) years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2019 are closed.,

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$8293000 the first year and $9445000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants awarded under this paragraph shall be based on the lists of recommended projects submitted to the legislative committees under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 subdivision 10 from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $424000 the first year and $399000 the second year are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,293,000
Administration costs
$207,325
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The target is to develop 28.2 new miles of trail. Five projects., Six (6) parks are targeted for development or restoration.

Measurable Outcome(s)

New trail developed or created: Grant recipients have up to 3 years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2018 are closed., Parks developed or rehabilitated: Grant recipients have up to three (3) years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2018 are closed.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$8618000 the first year and $9033000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants must be based on the recommendations to the commissioner from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. The second year appropriation in this paragraph includes money for: a grant to the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority to design engineer acquire right-of-way and construct a segment of the Mesabi Trail from Embarrass to near the intersection of County Road 26 Whalston Road and Trunk Highway 135 toward Tower; and up to $400000 for a grant to the city of La Crescent to design engineer acquire right-of-way and construct a segment of the Wagon Wheel Trail. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $356000 in fiscal year 2016 and $362000 in fiscal year 2017 are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,033,000
Administration costs
$225,825
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The target is to develop or create 14.45 miles of new trail., The target is to develop or rehabilitate 6 parks., The target is to acquire 10.25 miles of trail.

Measurable Outcome(s)

New trail developed or created: Grant recipients have up to 3 years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2017 are closed., Parks developed or rehabilitated: Grant recipients have up to three (3) years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2017 are closed., Miles of trail acquired: Grant recipients have up to 3 years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2017 are closed.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(b)
Appropriation Language

$8618000 the first year and $9033000 the second year are for grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside the seven-county metropolitan area under Minnesota Statutes section 85.535. The grants must be based on the recommendations to the commissioner from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536. The second year appropriation in this paragraph includes money for: a grant to the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority to design engineer acquire right-of-way and construct a segment of the Mesabi Trail from Embarrass to near the intersection of County Road 26 Whalston Road and Trunk Highway 135 toward Tower; and up to $400000 for a grant to the city of La Crescent to design engineer acquire right-of-way and construct a segment of the Wagon Wheel Trail. Grants funded under this paragraph must support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance that meet the applicable definitions and criteria for regional parks and trails contained in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission on April 22 2015. Grant recipients identified under this paragraph must submit a grant application to the commissioner of natural resources. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation may be used by the commissioner for the actual cost of issuing and monitoring the grants for the commission. Of the amount appropriated $356000 in fiscal year 2016 and $362000 in fiscal year 2017 are for the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes section 85.536 including the continued development of a statewide system plan for regional parks and trails outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,618,000
Administration costs
$215,450
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.55
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The target is to acquire 472.23 acres of park land., The target is to develop or create 5.9 miles of new trail., The target is to complete 2 unit plans or plan amendments., The target is to restore or improve 15.5 miles of trail., The target is to develop or rehabilitate 3 parks.

Measurable Outcome(s)

378.07 acres of regional park were acquired. , 3.1 miles of new trail were developed. , Unit plan or amendment completed: Grant recipients have up to 3 years to complete their work. If a project receives federal funding the time period of the grant is extended to equal the availability of the federal funding. Measurable outcomes will be reported once all grants originating from fiscal year 2016 are closed., 15.5 miles of trail was restored or improved. , Three regional parks were developed or rehabilitated.

Project Manager
First Name
Audrey
Last Name
Mularie
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5549
Email
audrey.mularie@state.mn.us
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Location

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone
651-296-6157
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