Over the years, the Chester Woods Trail Group has recognized the value of building and maintaining relationships with elected officials.
Working with State Legislators
When the group came together back in the mid-90s, they started connecting with their state representatives. One recommendation from their representatives was to attend Parks & Trails Council’s Day on the Hill event. This event deepened their relationship with their elected officials as well as with P&TC leadership and statewide park and trail initiatives. As the group members learned more about the legislative process and were able to regularly meet with their representatives, a strong foundation of positive relationships was built.
Each year, the Chester Woods Trail Group typically sends a number of folks to the Day on the Hill event. They join the morning discussions and learn from the presentations about park and trail issues happening at the legislature during that session. Then, in the afternoon, they attend meetings with their representatives and senators to discuss any tasks and provide an update on the long-term trail development. Additionally, the group will schedule appointments with other legislators in the Southeast Minnesota region as well as leadership in certain committees where particular bills are headed.