This program exists to help local governments improve access to public recreation facilities. It provides financial assistance to improve county state-aid, county, township, and city roads which provide access to state parks, outdoor recreation units as defined in Minnesota Statutes 86A.04, public lakes, rivers and state campgrounds. This program is established in Minnesota Statutes 162.06 subd. 5.
The establishment, location, relocation, construction, reconstruction, and improvement of County State Aid Highways that provide access to state parks, state trails, state scientific and natural areas, state wilderness areas, state forests, state wildlife management areas and state water access sites. The reconstruction, improvement, repair and maintenance of county, township and city roads provide access to public lakes, rivers, state parks and state campgrounds.
County, Township and City governments.
Priority will be given to projects having a primary focus of enhancing access to outdoor recreation facilities. Consideration will also be given to projects that address safety issues and include cost sharing by the local unit of government.
Costs for construction and right-of-way acquisition are reimbursable for up to 100% of eligible costs. If wetland mitigation is required, and done as part of the construction contract, it is eligible. Wetland banking credit cost are not eligible. Engineering costs are not reimbursable and are the responsibility of the local unit of government. Requests are not subject to a minimum or maximum amount of dollars.
The program utilizes calendar year funding. Approximately $4,000,000 will be available statewide for calendar year 2018.
The DNR will review and rank applications. Grant awards will be announced in April 2018.
Funding for approved projects remains in place for an indefinite period of time to allow for planning, acquisition and design.
The complete application deadline is November 1, 2017. See minimum geometric design standards.
Project applications must include all of the following:
If the project location is not clearly defined, or any of the above 6 items are omitted, the application will be returned.
David B. Sobania, Principal Engineer
DNR Management Resources
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401