For Immediate Release
Contact: Ron Seymour
City of Red Wing
(June 28, 2019, 2017, Red Wing, Minn.) – The City recently received notification from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that two grant applications were selected for funding approval.
The first grant award is for $250,000 from the DNR’s Regional Trails grant program. The grant funds will be used pay a portion of the construction costs for the proposed segment 3 of the Riverfront Trail. The trail segment will provide a connection for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized users from He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Regional Park to Colvill Park.
The City was previously awarded a $480,000 federal highway TH 61 Scenic Byways grant from MnDOT to initiate the engineering design of the trail and a $550,000 construction grant from Minnesota’s Environment Natural Resources Trust Fund. The trail project is in preliminary design with expectations for construction in 2020/2021.
The other grant award notice is for $150,000 from the DNR’s Local Trial Connections grant program. The grant funds will be used with $50,000 of local match funding to pay a portion of the costs for connecting pedestrian-bicycle trail from the proposed Old West Main pedestrian-bicycle bridge to the riverfront.
The funding for the two DNR trail grant programs is from an annual appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature approved and signed by Governor transferring funding “In Lieu Of” lottery proceeds. The funding appropriation is divided between three Park and Trail grant programs: Local Trail Connections Grant, Outdoor Recreation Grant and the Regional Trails Grant programs.