Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Work Group

Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Work Group

Welcome

Nine Work Group partners are comprised of three decision makers who were identified by three agencies, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission and Metropolitan Council. The members are committed to working collaboratively to develop consensus recommendations for the future allocation of the Parks and Trails Fund of the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment. Mediation Center is the facilitating the Work Group. This web page contains information about the Work Group’s activities.  Please email: Aimee.Gourlay@MediationCenterMN.org with questions.

Work Group Charge

In the spirit of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and the Parks and Trails Legacy 25-Year Plan to establish a world-class system to connect everyone to the outdoors, develop a consensus recommendation for the future allocation of the parks and trails fund.

Legislation

Minnesota Session Laws – 2019, 1st Special Session

Chapter 2, (S.F. no. 3) Article 3, Parks and Trails Fund, Section 3(h)

(h) The commissioner shall convene and facilitate a working group of nine members to develop consensus recommendations for the future allocation of the parks and trails fund. The working group shall have three representatives each from the Metropolitan Council for parks and trails of regional significance in the seven-county metropolitan region; Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission for parks and trails of regional significance in greater Minnesota; and the Department of Natural Resources for parks and trails of statewide significance in Minnesota. The working group shall also consult with the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee. The consensus recommendations shall be submitted no later than June 15, 2020, and presented to the governor for consideration in the budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023, with the possibility of extension in future biennia.

Purpose

In the spirit of service to the entire State of Minnesota, the Work Group commits to developing a consensus recommendation that includes the following three project outcomes:

 

  • Preserve and strengthen the relationships that have been built over the past nine years
  • Develop a shared understanding of one another’s systems – Minnesota’s parks and trails of state and regional significance
  • Create a consensus agreement on a budget recommendation to be presented to the Governor for consideration in the budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023, with the possibility of extension in future biennia.

Meeting Location

Interested parties are welcome to observe meetings.  All meetings are at the St. Cloud Mn DOT Headquarters, 3725 12th St N, St Cloud, MN 56303

 

Meeting Schedule

2020 Meeting Dates

The Work Group may increase the meeting length if necessary for all meeting times. 

  • Friday, January 10,
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Friday, February 21,
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 27, CANCELLED
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24, CANCELLED
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Friday, May 15, CANCELLED
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Friday, May 29 will meet via video conferencing
    •  11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Work Group Alternates, Members, Liaisons, and Staff

Work Group Charter

Meeting Notes