The Metropolitan Council on Aug. 24 approved a series of land acquisition grants for regional parks, as well as a trail extension in Carver County.
The regional parks system is a vast network of 53 parks and park reserves, more than 340 miles of interconnected trails and eight special recreation features, including the Como Zoo and Conservatory.
The grants help to build upon the region’s renowned system of parks and trails and contribute to the region’s quality of life and livability.
Among the grants:
$51,000 to Dakota County to complete a paved trail around McDonough Lake that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grant, from State and Council bonds, will help to make other site improvements around the lake in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.
Up to $50,947 to Three Rivers Park District to acquire a parcel in Maple Grove for the Rush Creek Regional Trail. Funding comes from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and Council bonds. The property will help buffer the regional trail from existing and future development.
Up to $176,734 to reimburse Three Rivers Park District for its purchase of an easement needed to build the Edina section of the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail. Funds come from the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund and Council bonds.
Up to $237,892 to Washington County to buy a 14.4-acre parcel for the Big Marine Park Reserve, with funding from the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund and Council bonds. The long-term plan calls for restoring the area to savanna and expanding forest.
In addition, the Council approved a plan to extend the Southwest Regional Trail, extending the eastern end of the trail by nearly a mile. The trail is a 13-mile corridor that travels through Victoria and Chaska.
Once complete, it will provide a connection between the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail in Victoria and the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Train in Chanhassen, as well as a connection to the Carver Park Reserve.
The total cost to implement the plan is estimated at $360.000, though no dollars were committed at this time.