Conservation Minnesota

Summer 2014 Newsletter: Meet the Parks and Trails Fund

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At the Tamarack Nature Center’s Discovery Hollow & Garden in White Bear Lake, families can enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures.  Kids can build dams, rock climb, garden, build castles in the sand, and, of course, put together tree forts.  This fantastic park was made possible in part by the Parks and Trails Fund of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

In honor of the Legacy Amendment’s five-year anniversary, we thought it was a great time to introduce you to the Parks and Trails Fund.  Since the Amendment passed in 2008, this fund has:

-Established the LaSalle Lake Recreation Area in Hubbard County

-Built new trails across the state, including the Brown’s Creek State Trail, two sections of the Mississippi River Regional Trail, a new segment of the Mesabi Trail, and a trail connecting Camden State Park and the City of Marshall

-Restored the River Inn, a signature historic building at Jay Cooke State Park

-Built additions to many metro parks including Lebanon Hills, Baker Park Reserve, Above the Falls Park, Blakely Park Reserve, and Trout Brook Regional Trail

-Made improvements to Greater Minnesota parks, including River Bluff in St. Cloud, Kensington in Douglas County, and Sucker Creek Preserve in Detroit Lakes

-Restored 75,010 acres of native plant communities within state parks

-Minnesotans across the state are taking advantage of these projects and enjoying the Great Outdoors.  Attendance at state parks programming totaled 285,620 in 2012 – a 37% increase since 2008!

If you are interested in learning more about Amendment projects or funding sources, please visit our website at

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