Conservation Minnesota

Press Release: Three Rivers Park District Receives Statewide Recognition For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds

CleanWaterLandandLegacyMINNEAPOLIS – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will recognize The Three Rivers Park District this evening for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.

This year, in addition to recognizing a number of municipalities, the organizations have also chosen to single out the Three Rivers Park District, Twin Cities Public Television, Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust and the Minnesota State Arts Board and its Regional Arts Councilsfor their exceptional work in utilizing Legacy funds for the betterment of the state.

“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include the Three Rivers Park District and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

“The work the Three Rivers Park District does to make nature more accessible to visitors from all over is truly commendable,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota. “The Park District has found ways to work with the legacy amendment to expand its outreach, which is in keeping with the true spirit of why the amendment was enacted in the first place.”

Neither Conservation Minnesota nor the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts receives any funding from the Legacy Amendment.

MORE INFO:  For more information on the recognition, or to set up an interview with Paul Austin and/or Sheila Smith, please contact Nate Dybvig, or 651.230.3018.

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