Expand our Multi-Purpose Trail System

Expand our multi-purpose trail system is an idea that is in the making!  The community is passionate about expanding our current bike and walking trails around the city

Chair:
Wes Brown
wesbr@bolton-menk.com
(507)381-0380

Vice Chair:
Phil Hanson
philhanson@frontiernet.net

Vice Chair:
Joe Burns
jpburns@me.com

Committee:
Dan Kehrberg
Eric B. Johnson
Joan Bartingale
Kylie Saari
Joan Bartigale
Jay Schomberg
Julie Jorgenson

Current happenings:

 

April 2017: There are several trail projects in the works. While some include undergoing the application process for outside funding, and are years out before development, a few projects that are in the works include:

North Trail Connection (from 10th Avenue to I90 along the abandoned RR)
· Federal funding programmed for FY 2020
· Working on reviewing bridge options across Center Creek and federal environmental review requirements

Cedar Creek Park Trail Loop
· Goal is to eliminate the existing dead end west of Hall Lake
· Working on preparation of a funding application submittal through MN DNR
· If successful, this project may proceed as early as this Fall or next Spring

Ward Park Trail
· City has included funds in the budget for 2017 to undergo some improvements
· It has not yet been decided by council but improving the existing path through Ward Park to a paved trail is being considered as one of the projects to include

Cedar Creek Park Regional Designation
· Discussions are on-going with the City to consider applying for a Regional Park designation through the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails committee
· If successful, this would potentially open us up to more funding opportunities such as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds

Knollwood Connection
· The City Council has been discussing this topic at length lately
· Chances are there will eventually be a public forum to allow for input on this connection

March 2017: The Trails committee along with The City of Fairmont are appling for a grant to expand the loop at Cedar Creek Park! 

Success!
We are excited to announce that through the efforts of our trails committee
city has successfully secured $407,000 in funding for our trails! The funding will be provided by the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)and will be used to pay for nearly 60% of the $715,000 cost to construct a new multi-use trail from 10th Street by the Knights of Columbus north to the hotels and restaurants at the I90 and TH 15 intersection. The trail will follow the old railroad alignment and will also connect to the new Winnebago Avenue Sports Complex at Margaret Street. The funding program won’t make the funds available until 2019, so in the meantime the City will be cleaning up and preparing the area for some pedestrian and bicycle use yet this summer.

January 2016- Funding request for the 10th street to the Holiday Inn is proceeding into phase 2, which is the formal application that was submitted January 9th. SHIP has also preliminarily approved a small grand to be used for the project.

The committee has been working on gathering and submitting information for proposed trails.

Project 1590 has recently met with Region 9 for strategic planning. The trails committee is currently working on trail options, grants, and funding.
Fairmont City Council has also approved to move forward with supporting the Multi-Purpose trail system. Details in this article from the Fairmont Sentinel.

Friday October 16, 2015: Members of the 1590 steering committee, committee chairs, and members of Project 1590 Board met with Senator Julie Rosen and Representative Bob Gunther. The purpose of that meeting was twofold; (a) to Provide information to our officials regarding the projects 1590 has gathered from the community wide survey and (b) to ask for the Senator and Representative for their help as there projects move forward (specifically with the funding and grants). The Trails project was presented by Wes Brown, Chair  of the 1590 Trails Committee. Wes provide detailed maps proposed for walking and biking trails. Some for connecting existing trails within the city and secondly to build regional trails that would connect with trails to Sherburn, Jackson, and the Okoboji area and also to connect with a trail in Watonwan county. Information was provided on grants that would be available for these regional trails. The city has allocated funds for some trails within the city within the 2016 budget.

If you would like more information or would like to join in the effort, contact Wes Brown at wesbr@bolton-menk.com or Troy Nemmers, City Engineer.

The committee has been working on gathering and submitting information for proposed trails.

Project 1590 has recently met with Region 9 for strategic planning. The trails committee is currently working on trail options, grants, and funding.
Fairmont City Council has also approved to move forward with supporting the Multi-Purpose trail system. Details in this article from the Fairmont Sentinel.

Friday October 16, 2015: Members of the 1590 steering committee, committee chairs, and members of Project 1590 Board met with Senator Julie Rosen and Representative Bob Gunther. The purpose of that meeting was twofold; (a) to Provide information to our officials regarding the projects 1590 has gathered from the community wide survey and (b) to ask for the Senator and Representative for their help as there projects move forward (specifically with the funding and grants). The Trails project was presented by Wes Brown, Chair  of the 1590 Trails Committee. Wes provide detailed maps proposed for walking and biking trails. Some for connecting existing trails within the city and secondly to build regional trails that would connect with trails to Sherburn, Jackson, and the Okoboji area and also to connect with a trail in Watonwan county. Information was provided on grants that would be available for these regional trails. The city has allocated funds for some trails within the city within the 2016 budget.

If you would like more information or would like to join in the effort, contact Wes Brown at wesbr@bolton-menk.com or Troy Nemmers, City Engineer.

Check facebook and twitter on upcoming events to support this group. If you would like to get involved, please contact Committee members or contact 1590.

 

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