Renewal and Rehabilitation of State Park and Recreation Areas

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2022 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,110,684
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,947,973
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,461,909
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,451,564
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,582,358
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,735,579
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,289,555
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,680,018
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,702,528
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$725,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,119,864
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,904,932
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2009
Activity Type
Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Project Overview

This program funds rehabilitation and renewal of buildings and other recreational facilities in Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas.

About the Issue

For years there were more renewal and maintenance projects identified in state parks and recreation areas than could be completed with available funding sources. The Legacy amendment has provided a much welcomed source of dedicated funds to use for facility renewal.

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

$21712000 the first year and $22149000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2022 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,110,684
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2019 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

(a) $19819000 the first year and $20777000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,947,973
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2019 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

(a) $19819000 the first year and $20777000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,461,909
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Specifically in the first half of the FY20/21 biennium we plan to:
• Complete vault toilet projects at Fort Ridgely SP Judge Magney SP Hayes Lake SP Monson Lake SP and Charles Lindberg SP;
• Begin construction on shower buildings at Fort Ridgely SP St. Croix SP and Myre-Big Island SP;
• Complete construction of Miners Mountain Road at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area;
• Complete construction of the Cedar Hill Campground at Whitewater SP;
• Begin design of the shower building at Chase Point in Scenic SP;
• Begin design of the Sibley SP Lakeview Campground.
• Continue design work of Glendalough SP bike trail extension.
• Begin design work of Beltrami State Forest – Clear River OHV campground.
• Continue design work on the following projects: Old Mill SP portfolio update the interpretive displays at St. Croix SP Itasca SP Nicollet Court Tettegouche Camp rehabilitation and the Sibley SP amphitheater.

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

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,451,564
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Specifically in the second half of the FY18/19 biennium we plan to
• complete several projects underway in FY18 (see the FY18 accomplishments section) and
• do predesign work for replacement of sanitation buildings at Frontenac SP and St Croix SP (Painted Rock Springs campground);
• upgrade interpretive displays at St. Croix SP;
• predesign a sanitation building replacement at Myre-Big Island SP;
• design replacements for two vault toilets and related infrastructure at Ft Ridgely SP (construction in FY20);
• design replacements for two vault toilets at Judge Magney SP and three at Hayes Lake SP (construction in FY20);
• design campground shower building at Ft. Ridgely SP (construction in FY20).

Measurable Outcome(s)

Specifically in FY19 (the second year of the biennium) we:
• Did design work on shower buildings at Frontenac SP Fort Ridgely SP Maplewood SP and Myre-Big Island SP;
• Completed design work on vault toilets at Fort Ridgely SP;
• Began design work on vault toilets at Hayes Lake SP and Monson Lake SP;
• Began the design work on the Old Mill SP portfolio update;
• Completed the shower buildings at Buffalo River SP;
• Began design work on the upgraded interpretive displays at St. Croix SP;
• Began construction of the Temperance River SP Upper Campground shower building;
• Completed construction of a shed and bison pond at Minneopa SP;
• Began design work at Itasca SP Nicollet Court;
• Began design work on Tettegouche Camp rehabilitation project;
• Began construction of the Cedar Hill Campground at Whitewater SP;
• Began design work of the amphitheater at Sibley State Park;
• Completed rehabilitation of the St. Croix SP bike trail and Hay Creek bridge;

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

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,582,358
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Specifically in the FY18/19 biennium we plan to

-upgrade visitor center display at Whitewater State Park;
-rehabilitate the beach area at Sibley SP;
-do pre-design work on the Nicollet Court Rehab (equires additional Asset Preservation funding to complete) Fort Ridgely sanitation building and Temperance River Lower Campground makeover;
-replace shower building at Buffalo River and Temperance River SPs;
-launch a sustainable hiking trails pilot project in selected state parks;
-rehab bike trails at St. Croix State Park;
-complete the conversion of the Camden State Park manager's residence to lodging;
-and more.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Specifically in FY18 (the first year of the biennium) we:
• upgraded the visitor center display at Whitewater State Park (in progress);
• rehabilitated the beach area at Sibley SP (in progress to be completed in Spring 2019);
• did pre-design work on the Itasca SP Nicollet Court building rehabilitation (the rehab component of this project will require additional Asset Preservation funding to complete);
• did design work on the Temperance River SP Lower Campground makeover (this project will take several years to complete);
• moved forward with replacing shower buildings at Buffalo River SP (underway to be done in FY19) and Temperance River SP (design complete in FY18);
• launched a sustainable hiking trails pilot project in selected state parks (Halloway Hill at Maplewood SP and phase one of rehabbing an historic wayside trail Cascade River SP);
• began rehabbing bike trails at St. Croix State Park (the trail bridge over Hay Creek is being replaced in FY19 trail repaving will begin in FY19 with completion planned for FY20);
• converted the Camden State Park manager's residence to lodging (significant progress in FY18 to be completed early in FY19).
• replaced a vault toilet at Schoolcraft SP; and
• began planning and design of improvements at Miners Mountain Road at Cuyuna State Recreation Area (will be finished in FY19/20).

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

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,735,579
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17 (the second year of the biennium) we completed:
-rehab of the historic Savanna Portage trail in Savanna Portage State Park as well as design of trails at Hallaway Hill (Maplewood SP) Chase Point (Scenic SP) and to the pack-in campsites at Afton State Park;
-replaced the sanitation building at Cascade River SP;
-conducted staff training in sustainable trail development.

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

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,289,555
Direct expenses
$4,289,555
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16 (the first year of the biennium) we completed rehab of a bridge providing key snowmobile connection in Itasca State Park and made progress on state park projects such as major interpretive display upgrades at Itasca and Gooseberry state parks and conversion of former residence at Camden State Park into a lodging facility. Many projects begun in FY16 will be completed in FY17 (second year of the biennium).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,680,018
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects to be completed include repaving the Chapel parking lot at Fort Snelling State Park enhancing ADA accessibility within Gooseberry and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks converting an historic stone shelter at Flandrau State Park into a lodging facility repairing the failing retaining wall and incorporating ADA parking and walkways at the beach at Sibley State Park designing campground rehabilitation at Whitewater (project to be completed under next year's Legacy funding) replacing the historic railing and incorporating ADA compliant walkways at Minneopa State Park Falls area and changing all lighting at William O'Brien State Park to low energy alternatives.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,702,528
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Rehabilitation projects include but are not limited to reconstructing a 6 mile stretch of bike trail in Itasca State Park rehabbing several hiking trails in Gooseberry Tettegouche and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks upgrading electric and water in campgrounds in McCarthy Beach Scenic State Parks and at Thistledew forect recreation area and converting the Bear Paw Store at Itasca State Park into a lodging facility. New picnic tables and accessible fire rings were also purchased for a number of parks.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors., Facility renewal projects to be designed and/or constructed in FY2013

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects include upgrades to campgrounds and rehabilitating park roads vault toilets water lines and walking trails. Additional projects are in progress.,

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$725,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors., Parks and Trails Division will construct 9 projects approved in 2010 for design. Thirty-three designed projects are approved for construction in upcoming years totaling over $4 million dollars., Facility renewal projects that were designed/constructed in FY 2012

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects include upgrades to campgrounds and rehabilitating park roads vault toilets water lines and walking trails. , , Completed 18 facility renewal projects in Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2(3)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,119,864
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects include upgrades to the River Inn at Jay Cooke State Park complete replacement of the campground at Lake Shetek State Park new pumps for the Flandrau State Park swimming pool and rehabilitating park roads.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2(3)
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,904,932
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To rehabilitate facilities to preserve our cultural resources and create safe unforgettable recreation experiences for visitors., All 67 state parks and 7 state recreation areas will receive benefit from renewal and rehabilitation projects.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects include replacement of an elevator at the Croft Mine at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area repairing a septic line at Buffalo River State Park and campsite electrification projects at Father Hennepin and Glacial Lakes State Parks., All state parks and recreation areas received improvements as major purchases of new picnic tables and new safer fire rings were distributed in 2010. For 2011 project funding was allocated to 58 projects and the work is primarily in the design phase with construction expected for 9 projects in summer 2012.

Project Manager
First Name
Stacy
Last Name
Smith
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5649
Email
stacy.smith@state.mn.us
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Location

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone
651-296-6157
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