On October 14th, the Anoka County Board approved the legacy grant agreement for the parks and trails. This grant will provides more than $1.2 million in funding for six projects. Due to the approval of the constitutional amendment in 2008, this funding has come from the increase in state sales tax.
The county doesn't have to match the grant and they get until June 30th of 2017 to finish the projects. This program will allow the county to replace and repair infrastructure much easier and faster.
The County will complete the following projects with the funding:
- Constructing a portion of trail between 38th Avenue in Andover to Round Lake Boulevard - Cost $50,000
- Patching, crack sealing, drainage improvements, repaving and seal coating for Lake George Regional Park in Oak Grove. This project is due and the existing pavement has worn out. - Cost $250,000
- Reconstruction of the retaining wall on the Mississippi River Regional Trail near Locke Lake and Mississippi Street in Fridley. This project will include construction, fencing, trail repair, engineering and landscaping. - Cost $200,000
- A Trail Connection from the Mississippi West Regional Park to the Mississippi River Regional Trail - Cost $250,000
- Improvements for the Heritage Laboratory and Day Camp at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. This will include site work, natural resources, shelter construction, signs and landscape restoration. - Cost $120,000
- Trail Reconstruction from Lexington Avenue to Golden Lake Elementary on the Rice Creek North Regional Trail. - Cost $375,000.
With all of these projects ready to help the area improve, it's a big step in the right direction. Some of these projects will help to reimburse the city of Andover, which funded the original trail. These projects are all necessary and will provide plenty of improvements and upgrades within Anoka County.