For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Kohn
(December 9, 2021, Red Wing, Minn.) – Improvements to He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Park will soon be on the way after the City of Red Wing was selected to receive $527,145 in grant funding for enhancements there.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) just completed its application review process and chose He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Park and 19 other parks and trails around the state for a record $12.2 million in funding in 2023. The GMRPTC will now ask the Minnesota Legislature to approve the recommendations through the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund, one of four funds created by the 2008 Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Legislature has annually approved GMRPTC requests, since Legacy Funds are already dedicated and may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
“We are elated to have been selected for this grant from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, which will allow us to create an accessible trail from the new welcome plaza at He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Park to the G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln, along with interpretation for the historic site,” said City of Red Wing Planning Manager Steve Kohn. “Area residents and visitors already enjoy the relaxation and beauty they find at He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Park, and this needed funding will make their visits better than ever.”
“Improvements to He Mni Can are part of the continuing effort the City Council has made to update, repair, renovate, and improve our infrastructure over the past several years. The projects at He Mni Can - Barn Bluff are also important as we improve our historical partnership with the Prairie Island Indian Community,” said City Council President Becky Norton. “We continue to leverage any and all available funding opportunities. Our continued success has allowed the City to stretch local tax dollars and complete long lasting, generational improvements to the City’s important local and regional assets and infrastructure.”
“Every grant awardee is very deserving, and we commend them for how thoroughly they described their needs in their grant applications,” said GMRPTC Executive Director Renee Mattson. “It’s the dedicated people at the local level who make Greater Minnesota’s parks and trails really shine, and we’re pleased to assist them with their efforts.”