Courtland Nelson, Director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that the City of Red Wing’s application to the 2012 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program has been selected for funding. A reimbursement grant in the amount of $390,000 will be made to the City of Red Wing for Phase II improvements to Memorial Park. The award was based on total project costs of $440,000 and includes picnic shelters and restroom enclosures to the Lower and Upper Quarries; renovation of a number of historic park elements; kiosk information panels; and a variety of trail improvements and enhancements.
One of the key goals established in the Red Wing City Council Strategic Plan of 2012 was to focus on implementing plans to preserve and enhance Red Wing’s open space areas including parks, trails, bluffs, and waterways by forming partnerships with local groups and volunteers. This successful grant application was made possible through a partnership with the Red Wing Area Fund, a non-profit community-based organization committed to improving the quality of life in Red Wing, and Live Healthy Red Wing, a community coalition involved with active living initiatives that has been working to bring park users and surrounding neighborhood residents together to make improvements to the park’s trail system. The Red Wing Area Fund provided funding and design assistance to the City to complete Phase I improvements to Memorial Park that were accomplished in 2012. Additional matching funds from the Red Wing Area Fund have been committed for Phase II improvements that the Legacy Grant will help to accomplish. Other funding commitments toward the Phase II project have also been made by Live Healthy Red Wing, Friends of the Bluffs, Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Red Wing, Red Wing Area Mountain Bike Organization, and the Aurora Ski Club, along with a number of other commitments from local organizations to provide volunteer labor for the projects.
The State received over $46.9 million in grant requests for 2012 Parks and Trail Legacy funding and Red Wing was one of only 13 applicants that were awarded a portion of the $7.5 million that was available in this round of funding. The Red Wing Public Works Department, Engineering Department, and City Planning Department were the primary city departments that worked with the partnership groups to development the successful application. The grant agreement for the project is expected to be completed within thirty days and work will begin on Phase II projects in Memorial Park later this summer.
For more information, contact Brian C. Peterson AICP, Planning Director, City of Red Wing, City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, MN 55066, Brian.Peterson@ci.red-wing.mn.us or 651/385-3617.