New State Trail Construction

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$2,406,214
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$2,502,218
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$1,500,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2015 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$2,406,214
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
This year, we completed the 6 mile Browns Creek State Trail. In addition, several other projects will be completed including paving more than 20 miles of the Luce State Trail, to paving a small 2 mile connection between Beaver Bay and Silver Bay along the Gitchi Gami State Trail, constructing a memorial parking lot on the Glacial Lakes State Trail, and constructing three important trail bridges that will allow for new trail development along the Mill Towns and Blazing Star State Trails.
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$2,502,218
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
A 3-mile segment of trail was completed on the Minnesota State Trail from Shakopee Memorial Park to the USFWS parking lot in Shakopee, MN. In addition, significant construction progress was also made on the Brown's Creek connection to the Gateway, and on a connection from the Paul Bunyan State Trail into Crown Wing State Park. Both of these projects will be completed by late summer/fall 2014.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$200,000
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,500,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY12, the Parks and Trails Division initiated the engineering and design for the development of key sections of new, improved State Trail along the Browns Creek, Luce Line and Paul Bunyan State Trails. Construction of the 6 mile Paul Bunyan State Trail segment has been completed.

Project Overview

New State Trail development to complete key missing trail segments or to fulfill funding gaps in trail development projects. Potetial development to include multi-use trail, trail parking areas, trail waysides, or trail bridges. New trail development includes all associated engineering, design and construction, and is to incorporate current Best Management Practices.

About the Issue

The MnDNR Parks and Trails Divisions new State trail development efforts are focused on previously undeveloped sections that provide key trail connections, enhance user safety and accessiblity and further the efforts to complete the State Trails as defined.

Project Manager

Kent
Skaar
MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Rd
St Paul
55155
651-259-5636