The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through its Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program, has awarded $7.14 million in grants to 28 local communities.
These grants will help local governments acquire, develop, restore and maintain parks and trails of regional or statewide significance across Minnesota. Funding for this program comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Among the recipients was Shingobee Township which sought and received $310,000 to help construct a bike-pedestrian bridge across Pumphouse Bay of Leech Lake.
The total cost of the project is $500,000.
The DNR received 99 applications to the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program with requests for more than $33 million. Local units of government receiving grants are required to provide at least 10 percent in matching funds.
Projects funded represent the diversity of park and trail recreation opportunities across Minnesota.