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Minneapolis Par ks &
  Re gional Tr ails:
A nonmotorized networ k




           Heritage Trail along Mississippi River
Regional Government for
   the Twin Cities area

1967- Metropolitan Council, a regional governing body is instituted,
  si...
Metropolitan Council Regional
  Government: Management of 4
                        systems
Responsible for the planning a...
Metropolitan Regional
           Parks:
    created by legislation
1974- Metropolitan Regional
  Parks created by the
  St...
Metropolitan Regional
           Parks:
 Operated by 10 implementing agencies

                      Metropolitan
        ...
City of Minneapolis
      A Vision for Parks
 1856- City of Minneapolis incorporated
 1883- Board of Park Commissioners ...
Building on the Dream:
    City of Minneapolis
 1969- Name change to Minneapolis Park & Recreation
         Board (MPRB)
...
Minneapolis Park system:
         popular and growing
 Minneapolis Population
  (2008): approx 400,000

 Visits per year...
Beginning          of Regional Park
   Planning:         Three Rivers Park
                     District

 1957-Three Riv...
Three Rivers Park District:
Property Acquisition in 5 counties

1957-1977: 21,000 acres purchased, primarily farmland
1967...
Three Rivers Park District
Current facilities (2007) located in counties of:
Hennepin, Carver, Dakota, Scott, and Ramsey

...
Planning for the Future:
Accommodating Changing Needs

  1950s & 1960s                      2000-2009
 Stable, homogenous...
Motivation for Using Trails
Trail experience is the attraction: “The richer the
  experience, the more visitors will work ...
Regional Trails: definition &
          length
 “Regional trails serve a regional population
  within the Twin cities met...
 Significant emphasis is placed on the
  recreational value and setting of the trail.

Trail corridors exhibiting scenic ...
Multimodal Trail design

 Combined use trails
  are 12 feet wide
Multimodal Trail design:
    width of separated paths
bikes path 10ft + walking path 8ft




Lake Calhoun                 ...
Accommodating Multi-modal
use: Auto, Bike & Bus Lanes




          Hennepin Avenue
Promoting Regional
          Mobility:
  Light rail and bicycling
 Accommodating
  bicycles on light rail
Shared ROW corridors:
Multi-use trail adjacent to
    Hiawatha light rail
Trail Signage & Wayfinding
Resources for the Public
 Maps- with distances
Resources for the Public:
    Regional Maps
Renaissance of Bicycling
"When residents and historians look back at this period in
  the Twin Cities, they will clearly i...
Dreaming for the future:
         2030
2007- 2.85 million people in 6-county area
2030- 3.6 million projected (26.3% incre...
Regional Planning for
          Growth
Every 4 years- a Regional Recreation Open Space Policy Plan
    is prepared by the ...
Involving the Community

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board sought
  input for the 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan
    (ap...
Closing the Gaps in the
       Trail System

 October 2, 2001, the Hennepin County Board
  of Commissioners initiated the...
http://wwwa.co.hennepin.mn.us
Metropolitan Regional Parks:
2008-2013 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

12/12/07- Metropolitan Council adopted the
  200...
http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/CIP.pdf
Capital Funds Allocated to
 10 Regional Parks agencies by:

         Population & Non-local use
Formula for allocating $17...
Metropolitan Regional
           Parks:
  pooling resources to grow
Metropolitan Council receives
  and dispenses state fu...
Funding the growth for
      Regional Parks:
          Nonprofit foundation
Funding strategy:
 Minnesota Legislature auth...
A Vision for the Future
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board outlined 3
   Vision Themes for the goals and strategies of
  ...
Funding for Minneapolis
 Park & Recreation Board
Park Board has authority to levy
  taxes to fund operating
  expenses:
 ...
Funding for Minneapolis
Park & Recreation Board

2007
Revenues $13.04 million
Expenses-$13.02 million

Assets- $276.9 mill...
Minneapolis Park &
     Recreation Board: Future
                    projects
   Complete 3-mile missing link in Grand Ro...
Completing the Grand
          Rounds:
     A National Scenic Byway
   Missing Link Study Phase began June 2007
   Citiz...
Contact Info
 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  2117 West River Road
  Minneapolis, MN 55411
  (612) 230-6400
  Jen...
Further information
 Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board> Design and
  Planning> lists various projects
  http://www.m...
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  1. 1. Minneapolis Par ks & Re gional Tr ails: A nonmotorized networ k Heritage Trail along Mississippi River
  2. 2. Regional Government for the Twin Cities area 1967- Metropolitan Council, a regional governing body is instituted, signed into law by Governor LeVander. Comprised of 17 members (elected from16 districts + 1 at-large) “This Council was created to do a job which has proved too big for any single community,” LeVander
  3. 3. Metropolitan Council Regional Government: Management of 4 systems Responsible for the planning and development within a 7-county area with 188 cities & townships + 22 special purpose districts. Responsible for 4 systems :  Regional parks  Aviation  Transportation ( Transit-1994)  Wastewater (1994)
  4. 4. Metropolitan Regional Parks: created by legislation 1974- Metropolitan Regional Parks created by the State legislature 2007- 53,000 acres (King Co- 25,000 acres) 29 regional trails (177 miles) 49 parks & reserves 6 special recreation areas 1975- 5 million visits 2007- 33 million visits
  5. 5. Metropolitan Regional Parks: Operated by 10 implementing agencies Metropolitan Regional Parks (1974) Minneapolis Park & Three Rivers Park 6 counties Recreation Board District 2 cities: St Paul & (1883) (1957) Bloomington
  6. 6. City of Minneapolis A Vision for Parks  1856- City of Minneapolis incorporated  1883- Board of Park Commissioners (BPC) established by public vote, semi-autonomous 9-member body  Horace Cleveland and Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architects, recommended that the park & parkway system should capitalize on natural features.  80 acres purchased by BPC.
  7. 7. Building on the Dream: City of Minneapolis  1969- Name change to Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)  1970’s- Standardized design elements identify & unify Grand Rounds Parkway system.  1980’s- Acquisition along Mississippi River is a priority  MPRB owns land in Minneapolis + 5 other cities
  8. 8. Minneapolis Park system: popular and growing  Minneapolis Population (2008): approx 400,000  Visits per year (2007) 14 million to City’s regional parks 5.5 million to Chain of Lakes  Park features include bike/pedestrian paths: Grand Rounds -43 miles Chain of Lakes- 13.3 miles  In 2000- Park system awarded highest rating by the Trust for Public Land
  9. 9. Beginning of Regional Park Planning: Three Rivers Park District  1957-Three Rivers Park District is established by the Minnesota State Legislature to serve suburban areas of the Twin cities  7-member board: 5 elected + 2 appointed
  10. 10. Three Rivers Park District: Property Acquisition in 5 counties 1957-1977: 21,000 acres purchased, primarily farmland 1967- 80% of park reserves to remain in natural state; 20% for active use 1998- Regional trail corridors are identified within system plan
  11. 11. Three Rivers Park District Current facilities (2007) located in counties of: Hennepin, Carver, Dakota, Scott, and Ramsey  26,000 acres of parkland  9 regional parks  7 park reserves  12 regional trails (1- 20+ miles in length)  6 million visitors/year  19.3% increase in trail use from 1998-2007  Redevelopment occurring near parks and trails
  12. 12. Planning for the Future: Accommodating Changing Needs 1950s & 1960s 2000-2009  Stable, homogenous  Diverse population, more population foreign born  More families with children  More single person  Traditional recreational needs households  One size fits all  New recreational needs  Greater age span of users
  13. 13. Motivation for Using Trails Trail experience is the attraction: “The richer the experience, the more visitors will work to preserve it…” ↑ Trail experience + destination are the attractions ↓ Destination is the attraction: “Length and directness of the route and tread quality are primary visitor motivations for using the trail.” Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines, Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources, 2006
  14. 14. Regional Trails: definition & length  “Regional trails serve a regional population within the Twin cities metropolitan area and multiple cities and/or counties in greater Minnesota. Travel time to a trailhead is typically up to 30 minutes or more.  For nonmotorized uses, the trail must be long enough for at least an hour of visitor experience, which translates into at least 5 miles for walking and 20 miles for bicycling.
  15. 15.  Significant emphasis is placed on the recreational value and setting of the trail. Trail corridors exhibiting scenic qualities with numerous natural resource attributes are the highest priorities.”  Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines, Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources, 2006
  16. 16. Multimodal Trail design  Combined use trails are 12 feet wide
  17. 17. Multimodal Trail design: width of separated paths bikes path 10ft + walking path 8ft Lake Calhoun Heritage Trail Lake Nokomis
  18. 18. Accommodating Multi-modal use: Auto, Bike & Bus Lanes Hennepin Avenue
  19. 19. Promoting Regional Mobility: Light rail and bicycling  Accommodating bicycles on light rail
  20. 20. Shared ROW corridors: Multi-use trail adjacent to Hiawatha light rail
  21. 21. Trail Signage & Wayfinding
  22. 22. Resources for the Public  Maps- with distances
  23. 23. Resources for the Public: Regional Maps
  24. 24. Renaissance of Bicycling "When residents and historians look back at this period in the Twin Cities, they will clearly identify it as the great era of bicycle trail construction. We are in the midst of creating an essential new element in the transportation and recreation systems of the 21st century. Bicycles may have been invented in the 19th century, but they are becoming even more important in the 21st." Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin At October 31, 2001 Invitation Letter to Bicycle Gaps Meeting
  25. 25. Dreaming for the future: 2030 2007- 2.85 million people in 6-county area 2030- 3.6 million projected (26.3% increase)  Metropolitan Council 2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan proposes:  Acquire another 17,000 acres parkland + 700 miles of regional trails
  26. 26. Regional Planning for Growth Every 4 years- a Regional Recreation Open Space Policy Plan is prepared by the Metro Parks & Open Space Commission (advisory board to metro council) Key aspects: 3. Identify where new regional parks and trails should be located to meet future growth 4. Integrate parks system with housing, transportation and other regional priorities
  27. 27. Involving the Community Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board sought input for the 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan (approved 10/17/07)  7 Town Meetings  20 Focus groups  27 Appointed community leaders  Phone survey
  28. 28. Closing the Gaps in the Trail System  October 2, 2001, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners initiated the study of gaps in the bicycle transportation system.  The bicycle transportation system as a whole is composed of the regional county, regional park (Three Rivers Park District), and individual city bicycle systems. http://wwwa.co.hennepin.mn.us
  29. 29. http://wwwa.co.hennepin.mn.us
  30. 30. Metropolitan Regional Parks: 2008-2013 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) 12/12/07- Metropolitan Council adopted the 2008-2013 Capital Improvement Program Biannual budget of $17.5 million  40% Metro Council Funds- $7 million  60% State funds- $10.5 million Metro Council funds:  33% from 10 yr bonds + 66% from 5yr bonds
  31. 31. http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/CIP.pdf
  32. 32. Capital Funds Allocated to 10 Regional Parks agencies by: Population & Non-local use Formula for allocating $17.5 million in CIP funding: 70% weighting of population percent + 30% weighting of non-local visits percent Example: City of St Paul 10.2% regional population x .70 = 7.159% 24.8% non-local visits x .30 = 7.435% City of St Paul is allocated for 2008-2009 14.594% of $17.5 million= $2.554 million
  33. 33. Metropolitan Regional Parks: pooling resources to grow Metropolitan Council receives and dispenses state funds to Regional Parks for acquisition and development of the parks 1974 to 2007 authorized $458 million in funds for park system. Operating expenses (received from state lottery): In 2007- Metropolitan Council allocated $8.62 million to Regional Parks, (10.1% of annual operating expenses).
  34. 34. Funding the growth for Regional Parks: Nonprofit foundation Funding strategy:  Minnesota Legislature authorized Metropolitan Council to form a nonprofit foundation  Funds to assist in acquiring regional park land and trails  Nonprofit to be modeled on efforts in other large U.S. metro areas
  35. 35. A Vision for the Future Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board outlined 3 Vision Themes for the goals and strategies of the 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan:  “Urban forests, natural areas, and waters that endure and captivate.”  “Recreation that inspires personal growth, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of community.”  “Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.”
  36. 36. Funding for Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Park Board has authority to levy taxes to fund operating expenses:  92%-from property tax & local government aid  3%-from state grants  5%-from revenues & transfers  Annual cost to Minneapolis homeowner for Park Board:  $217 or 7.7% of property tax on $116,000 home
  37. 37. Funding for Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 2007 Revenues $13.04 million Expenses-$13.02 million Assets- $276.9 million (in 2007)
  38. 38. Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board: Future projects  Complete 3-mile missing link in Grand Rounds  Add bikeway, parkland, & pedestrian path  Cost: approx $100 million  Expand trails along Mississippi River  Construct bike lanes to complete urban network
  39. 39. Completing the Grand Rounds: A National Scenic Byway  Missing Link Study Phase began June 2007  Citizen Advisory Committee formed  Community input (3 public meetings) Study evaluated:  Proposed routes & designs  Neighborhood impact  Connectivity to existing & proposed bike/ped routes  Park and Open Spaces  Transportation Corridors
  40. 40. Contact Info  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6400 Jennifer Ringold, Citywide planner http://www.minneapolisparks.org  Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441-1299 763/559-9000 Jonathon Vlaming, Senior Manager of Planning http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org
  41. 41. Further information  Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board> Design and Planning> lists various projects http://www.minneapolisparks.org/home.asp  Above the Falls-Phase I (Completing the Grand Rounds) http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=935  Metropolitan Regional Parks http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/parks.htm  Metropolitan Council: www.metrocouncil.org
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