The Zumbro River and its main branches would be the ‘trail’ that connects existing and proposed recreational assets of our communities into a network of parks for citizen and visitors to canoe, kayak, fish, camp, or simply enjoy our natural resources. A network of parks would enhance access to the Zumbro and its branches in an area where public access is rare, and infastructure is lacking. A network of parks would allow citizens and visitors to plan multi-day trips to our area, encouraging patronage to buisnesses in our community. Each community that joins will decide the future of the trial and how to share allocated funding.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trials Commission (GMRPTC) was established in 2013 to facilitate the development of parks and trials of regional significance outside of the metro area. They provide recommendations to the legislature for grants provided by the Legacy Parks and Trails Fund. Monies and resources of the GMRPTC are dedicated to local governments outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
To obtain funding, the ZWT would need to be designated as a regional park or trail by the GMRPTC. Several area parks have gained that designation and have recieved funding, including Quarry Hill and Gamehaven (both located in the Rochester area). Designation would allow local government units to obtain state funding to implement park master plans already in place or provide funding for local governments to develop new amenaties.
Ryland Eichhorst, City of Oronoco Mayor