The City of Granite Falls received news Monday that a $51,200 Memorial Park Implementation Plan has been included in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission funding priority list which will be presented to the Minnesota Legislature for approval in January 2016.


The City of Granite Falls received news Monday that a $51,200 Memorial Park  Implementation Plan has been included in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission funding priority list which will be presented to the Minnesota Legislature for approval in January 2016.

“This is very good news for the City of Granite Falls,” said Mayor Dave Smiglewski. “This funding is an important first step in a development partnership between the community  and the State of the Minnesota that will help revitalize and enhance Memorial Park’s beauty and resources as an important part of Greater Minnesota’s parks and trails.”

The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013.   The Commission undertakes system planning and provides recommendations to the legislature for grants by the parks and trails fund, to counties and cities outside of the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails of regional significance.

In the wake of 2014 its successful submission of Memorial Park into the DNR’s Parks of Regional Significance initiative, the city commissioned the Upper Minnesota Valley Development Commission (UMVDC) to  a group of nine community members in the development of a Memorial Park Master Plan that will serve to guide local development in the park in the years ahead.

The regionally significant endorsement by the Commission is the first step in the funding process, with the final recommendations  coming from the Minnesota Legislature. The final application was submitted in two parts. The first  part, which was funded, entailed a detailed architectural map with project cost estimates in the amount of $51,200 while the second part, which will be resubmitted for funding at a later date, includes requests for specific expenditures such as the shelter house rehabilitation, installation of a cross walk and the construction of new bathroom facilities at a combined expense of approximately $270,000.

According to a press release, 31 projects submitted funding requests and 23 projects were recommended, for a total of $16,509,675.00 covering fiscal years 2016 and 2017. 

Additionally, all projects recommended for inclusion in the funding recommendations were unanimously approved by the Commission.

For more information on the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission and the designation and funding process please visit: www.gmrptcommission.org