ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The Minnesota DNR announced Tuesday it has awarded more than $7 million to 28 local communities through its Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program.

The grants will help local governments acquire, develop, restore and maintain parks and trails of regional or state importance across Minnesota. Funding for the program comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

The DNR received 99 applications to the grant program with funding requests for more than $33 million. Local units of government who receive the grants are required to match at least 10 percent of the funds.

The DNR also awarded about $1.8 million in Regional Park, Regional Trail and Local Trail Connection Grants that will help 16 local and regional park and trail projects.

Comments (6)
  1. The new normal says:

    No one must have told the DNR that we are BROKE

    1. orrest says:

      The legacy amendment was passed in 2008 dedicating 3/8 cent sales tax to this program. That would make it mandated money to be spent on such things as trails and land use. It would take a measure on the ballot to remove it. That would make the new normal not to check facts.

  2. The new normal says:

    Yes witht he legacy amendment in mind, I would have them use that to operate and cut drastically their piece of the General Fund pie.

    1. Lori says:

      I did not vote for this money to be put in the General Fund. They are using this money in the way it was rightfully intended. Thank You DNR.

    2. orrest says:

      Again the new normal cannot even bother to look up what the law designates the money is to be used for under the amendment passed into law. Persistent comment without knowledge must be the new norm

  3. Research says:

    Curious if that $7 Mill is higher or lower than usual grants. Either way, this is important to keep reserved as population grows.

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