Conservation Minnesota

CM Press Release: Minnesota cities to hold Legacy Destination weekends to showcase amendment-funded projects

(St. Paul, MN) Minnesotans can add a dozen unique festivals to their travel plans this year. Twelve communities will celebrate engaging arts, history, and outdoor events during Legacy Destination Weekends around the state. The announcement came at the 2011 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference by Conservation Minnesota, Explore Minnesota, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

“Minnesotans voted to dedicate funds to our state’s great resources,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota, “and now they’ll see first-hand how the Legacy Amendment’s dedicated funds are protecting the state they love.”

Each month in 2011, one community will showcase its lakes, parks, trails, arts, and history assets that received funding through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment (CWLLA) passed in 2008.  “Legacy Destination” communities throughout Minnesota will highlight local cultural and outdoor opportunities by drawing residents and visitors to an eclectic assortment of fun activities.

More than $211 M has been awarded statewide to clean up rivers and lakes, create trails, protect historical items, and fund art and history projects across the state. An independent analysis of Fiscal Year 2010 spending showed 74 percent of those funds were distributed to statewide programs and resulted in, among other things, 40 percent of the state’s lakes being tested for water quality.

“Great things in both the outdoors and the arts are happening in every corner of the state because of the Legacy Amendment,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, ”and we wanted Minnesotans to know how they can participate.”

Each community’s events will vary across the state, but will include activities such as live theater, music, fishing tournaments, boating, and historic tours.  Promotion for the Legacy Destinations will include a yearlong marketing campaign including posters at Travelers Information Centers across Minnesota (poster attached below).  Visitors can also click on the Legacy Destination Weekends website for a full list of weekends and currently planned activities at http://exploreminnesota.com/legacy

“Explore Minnesota is excited about promoting the 2011 Legacy Destinations,” said John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism. “The program offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to experience distinct natural and cultural assets throughout the state.”

The schedule for Legacy Destinations:

2011

  • February – Alexandria  – February 11-13
  • March – St. Paul  -March 29-April 3
  • April –Crookston – April 15-17
  • May –Bemidji – April 28-May 1
  • June – Lanesboro- June 18-25
  • July – Winona- July 15-17
  • August – Rochester- August 19-21
  • September – Park Rapids – September 24-25
  • October – Fergus Falls – October 14-15
  • November – Cook County- November 17-20
  • December – Minneapolis – December 3-4
  • TBD – Grand Rapids

link to site:  http://exploreminnesota.com/legacy

link to poster: http://www.theamendment.org/track/news/?catID=56&id=5620

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