Renewal and Rehabilitation of State Park and Recreation Areas

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$2,519,200
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
Activity Type: 
Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$2,519,200
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Improve one campground and enhance 100 campsites. Replace six vault toilets. Replace three fishing piers. Improve ADA accessibility at 12 campgrounds, two
picnic shelters and one trail center.
Convert three historic buildings to rental facilities. Develop 80KW of renewable photovoltaic energy. Reduce energy use through increased use of conservation
measures. Repave parking lots at three state parks. Rehabilitate sanitation building at historic campground. Upgrade or renew 15 additional facilities. Implement BMP’s on 10 public water access sites.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
Rehabilitation Projects: A remodel of the Bear Paw Store into a rental unit at Itasca State Park is underway. New picnic tables and fire rings have been purchased for Sibley, Blue Mounds, William O’Brien, and Itasca State Parks, among others.
Rehabilitation of Fish Hook River and Steamboat River bridges on the Heartland State Trail is underway. 24 additional park and trail rehab projects slated to be paid for with FY14/15 Legacy funding are in design now. Energy Efficiency: Construction of a new solar array Itasca State Park is underway. Energy efficient lighting purchased for Jay Cooke’s River Inn. A project to upgrade lighting in all buildings across William O’Brien State Park is in progress. An evaluation to determine energy efficient projects at various buildings in Itasca is underway. Those projects are expected to be completed before the end of FY15.
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) 
Facility renewal projects to be designed and/or constructed in FY2013
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) 
Facility renewal projects that were designed/constructed in FY 2012
Measurable Outcome(s) 
Completed 18 facility renewal projects in Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas.
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) 
The Parks and Trails Division set a goal to complete 8 rehabilitationprojects within state parks and recreation areas in FY11.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY11, the Parks and Trails Division completed 7 projects, including upgrades to campgrounds, and rehabilitating park roads, vault toilets, water lines, and walking trails.
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

Larry
Peterson
MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Rd
St Paul
55155
651-259-5593