Montissippi Regional Park – An 18-hole disc golf course is being created at this popular 170-acre park near Monticello. Course features will include dual concrete tee pads and Mach 3 baskets. Trees throughout the park have been removed, not only for the course, but as a preventative measure to limit the spread of the pine beetle. In April, Park officials did a course walk-through with designer Tim Mackey. A preliminary layout has been set and completion is forecast for August. This will be the second 18-hole course in the County park system. Clearwater/Pleasant Regional Park’s course was upgraded in 2015.
Montissippi visitors will also benefit from a trail reclamation project upgrading 2.4 miles of the 20-year-old paved trail. Twenty years is a full lifespan for a trail surface, when it is maintained with seal coating and crack-sealing every five years. Reclamation uses the existing pavement which is pulled up, milled and laid back down – an ecological choice.
The high-use trail is cleared and used in winter, making it a popular trail in all seasons. Project funding is split between the state and county. An award of $87,500 from the state’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, requires a 50-50 match in local funding. Work will disrupt trail use for a few weeks this summer. Look for new signs and kiosks at this location, too.
Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve has recently been granted Regional Park status. The regional designation allows the County to apply for funds through the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) which was passed in 2008. With Stanley Eddy Park, the county now has five regionally designated facilities. The three other County parks are Collinwood, Bertram and Ney, along with the Crow River Regional Trail.
Starting in April, a three-mile stretch of natural surface trail that’s 6 feet wide, will be constructed in the Alama Unit of the park, which is currently undeveloped. Work starts on the South Unit of the park in early May. There will be some limited disruption for a few weeks. When the trail work is done, the park will gain four miles of new trails to offer 11 miles in total spread among the 879 acres of land.
Riverside County Park is a 17-acre county-owned park within the city limits of Hanover. Discussions with city officials and residents through the Parks & Recreation Commission resulted in the decision to enhance the park by adding a archery range. Park officials said the range is a good fit for the County, since the other two archery ranges are near Silver Creek and Clearwater. Plans call for eight targets, with one of those being a broadhead target. Staff have been constructing bow stands in the off-season. The range is scheduled be installed by the end of summer.
Otsego Regional Park features a canoe launch with benches that used to be ten feet away from the Mississippi River’s edge. Today, that distance is much shorter, due to continuing erosion.
Careful attention will be given to the banks of the river in the Otsego Shoreline and Habitat Restoration project. The $128k project will receive significant funding from the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant, the County’s capital improvement budget and the Wright Soil & Water Conservation District. Additionally, MM Engineering is gifting 8k of in-kind work, making this a truly collaborative effort.
This project focuses on stabilizing the river bank to limit shoreline erosion along 450 feet of the park’s quarter-mile river frontage. The design will include re-grading the bank, placing footer logs and root wads near the water, along with a buffer of willows, native grasses and wildflowers.
Great River Regional Trail has the potential to connect existing and proposed trails across the state. Stretching 30+ miles from Dayton to Clearwater, this trail project will be a significant link for area cities and counties. Wright County is partnering with the cities of Otsego, Monticello and Clearwater to create a master trail plan. The next several months will focus on research, cost analysis and public input, all led by design firm HKGi. Citizens should look for upcoming opportunities to participate in open houses and surveys.
Connections between Otsego County Park, Montissippi County Park, and Warner Lake Regional Park in Stearns County will be provided by this project. It will also provide trail links to the West Mississippi River Trail in Hennepin County, the proposed Beaver Island Trail in Stearns County and the proposed Crow River Regional Trail in Wright and Hennepin Counties. Park officials call this a dynamic project that will eventually offer the ability to bike on trails from Fergus Falls to the Luce Line Trail.