Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-124

Resolution Approving Submission, in Collaboration with the Loppet Foundation, of a Federal Recreational Trail Program Grant Application in the Amount Up to $75,000 for Snow Grooming Equipment at Theodore Wirth Regional Park

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Department:Design and Project ManagementSponsors:
Category:GrantProjects:No Project

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Whereas, The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of Minneapolis Parks;

 

Whereas, MPRB has an ongoing collaborative relationship with The Loppet Foundation to provide high quality skiing, off-road cycling, and other adventure sports in Theodore Wirth Regional Park;

 

Whereas, The Loppet Foundation has requested MPRB collaboration with a Federal Recreational Trail Program (RTP) grant application in the amount of up to $75,000 for snow grooming equipment in Theodore Wirth Regional Park;

 

Whereas, MPRB staff believes this request to be consistent with ongoing trail improvement and operations efforts in the park, with the approved concept plan for Theodore Wirth Regional Park, and with the Theodore Wirth Regional Park Master Plan;

 

Whereas, If the grant is awarded, The Loppet Foundation will provide a 50% cash match or greater, depending on the final cost of the equipment;

 

Whereas, MPRB staff is prepared to support implementation of the grant; and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs” and “A safe place to play, recreate, contemplate, and celebrate;”

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approves the submission, in collaboration with The Loppet Foundation, of a Federal Recreational Trail Program grant application in the amount up to $75,000 for snow grooming equipment at Theodore Wirth Regional Park; and

 

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

 

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BACKGROUND

 

With approval of this Board action, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) agrees to collaborate with The Loppet Foundation in an application for a Federal Recreational Trail Program (RPT) grant to improve snow grooming in Theodore Wirth Regional Park. The Loppet Foundation will be the primary author of the grant, but MPRB will be the sponsoring agency and MPRB staff will work with the Loppet Foundation to implement the work of the grant.

 

The Loppet Foundation is currently working under a Transitional Operating Agreement for the Adventure and Welcome Center Outdoor Area that allows the Loppet Foundation to manage and operate Activities and Programs in the Adventure and Welcome Center Summer and Winter Areas, including tubing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and snowshoeing at Theodore Wirth Regional Park. 

 

The RPT grant application will request up to $75,000 in grant funds.  The final amount will be determined through the grant-writing process as more detailed cost estimates become available. The required 50% cash grant match will be provided by the Loppet Foundation. The grant funds will be used to purchase snow grooming equipment, such as a Pisten Bully, and any necessary and auxiliary equipment.

 

FUNDING SOURCES / USES

 

If awarded, no MPRB funds will be required; however, staff time will be used to assist with implementation of the work covered in the grant application.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends the Board of Commissioners approve the submission, in collaboration with The Loppet Foundation, of a Federal Recreational Trail Program grant application in the amount up to $75,000 for snow grooming equipment at Theodore Wirth Regional Park.

 

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan:

 

Vision Theme 3:              Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.

Goal:                                          Parks shape an evolving city.

Vision Theme 4:              A safe place to play, recreate, contemplate, and celebrate.

Goal:                                          Parks are safe and welcoming by design.

Meeting History

Feb 7, 2018 5:20 PM  Recreation Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Londel French, Vice Chair, Commissioner At Large
AYES:Kale Severson, Londel French, AK Hassan, Steffanie Musich
ABSENT:LaTrisha Vetaw
Feb 21, 2018 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Kale Severson, Commissioner District 2
SECONDER:Steffanie Musich, Commissioner District 5
AYES:Brad Bourn, AK Hassan, Meg Forney, Londel French, LaTrisha Vetaw, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Jono Cowgill, Steffanie Musich