This project will increase awareness about outdoor recreation opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails among underrepresented groups by creating handicap-accessible, touch-screen kiosks, with information in multiple languages, and placing the kiosks in high-traffic, family-oriented locations. Between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, three of the kiosks were installed at the Minnesota Zoo, Rosedale Center and Midtown Global Market; the other three rotated among 3M, Brookdale Public Library, Shoreview Community Center, Maple Grove Community Center, Hennepin County Government Center and the State Fair.
The division is working to increase awareness about outdoor recreation opportunities among groups currently underrepresented at state parks and trails (families with young children, people with disabilities, people whose primary language is not English). Instead of waiting for them to come to us for information (by visiting, calling, or going to our website), we are going to them by placing eye-catching kiosks in high-traffic locations that they frequent.
In addition to getting information while interacting with the kiosk at each location, kiosk users can enter their email or mailing address and request that additional information--including the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Guide, maps, seasonal program catalogs, fishing regulations, and a wide variety of other DNR publications--be sent to them. That way, if they're in a hurry, they don't have to copy it all down at the kiosk, they can pick up where they left off on their trip-planning when they get home. During FY 2013, the DNR received and fulfilled nearly 300 requests (approximately 10 per week) for publications from kiosk visitors.
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