Fixing the critical infrastructure in state parks and trails
The MnDNR’s assets, such as shower buildings, trail bridges, water systems, etc., have been neglected because of insufficient funding. The agency’s assessment shows that more than a quarter of their roughly 2,852 buildings are in poor to crisis-level condition.
Parks & Trails Council supports the agency’s request for bonding funds to address this backlog and restore these important assets.
There is a $3 million gap in Minnesota State Parks and Trails’ budget. The Legislature could fix this by restoring the General Fund appropriation to $27 million.
Equitable use of Legacy Funds
We support the concept of equity, coordination and balance between the needs and priorities of Minnesota’s three major park and trail systems. We believe future fund allocations should be a compromise agreed to by the Minnesota DNR, Metropolitan Regional Parks and Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails.
Support LCCMR recommendations
We support the full recommendation of the Legislative-Citizen Commission of Minnesota Resources, which includes $16 million to fund twelve park and trail projects.
Keep State Parks natural and quiet
We oppose any change that would introduce the use of recreational off-highway vehicles in Minnesota State Parks.
2019 Session Recap
The 2019 Legislative Session lasted from January 5 – May 20, 2019. Read our session recap for details about what passed and what didn’t.
We work with local volunteers around the state to identify and complete park and trail projects from the ground up. In 2018 we’re helping 14 communities advocate at the capitol to get their project funded.
We work with park and trail managers to secure the resources they need. In 2018 we’re advocating for rehabilitation and development dollars, plus critical funding for important grant programs.
We work with policy experts to advocate for smart park and trail policies. In 2018 we’re fighting to keep state parks quiet and natural by opposing the potential introduction of off-highway vehicles.
2018 Session Recap
Read our 2018 session recap for details about what passed and what didn’t.
Keep Minnesota State Parks free from the noise and undue artificiality of off-highway vehicles, including ATVs
Capital Investment Priorities
Minnesota’s parks and trails have substantial unmet capital investment needs. Working with park agencies and local friends groups, Parks & Trails Council has identified over $100 million worth of park and trail projects ready for funding. All of these projects have been in the works for years, and were put on hold following the failure to pass a bonding bill in 2016. Projects include
$57.5 million for State Parks and Trails Rehabilitation and Renewal
$31.2 million for State Parks and Trails Acquisition and Development
$11 million for Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails
$6.6 million for Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails