Renewal and Rehabilitation of State Park and Recreation Areas

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
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
Activity Type: 
Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2015 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
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: 
$2,680,018
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.
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
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: 
$2,702,528
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.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
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)$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: 
$800,000
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 campgrounds, and rehabilitating park roads, vault toilets, water lines, and walking trails. Additional projects are in progress.
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
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)$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: 
$725,000
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 campgrounds, and rehabilitating park roads, vault toilets, water lines, and walking trails.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2(3)
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.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$1,904,932
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
All 67 state parks and 7 state recreation areas will receive benefit from renewal and rehabilitation projects.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
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 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.

Project Manager

Dana
Vanderbosch
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul
55104
651-259-5631