Winona Park and Recreation recently announced that the Bluffs Traverse has been formally designated as a regionally significant park within Greater Minnesota.

Park and Recreation staff has been working toward this designation through the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails C o m m i s s i o n.

The GMRPTC was established in 2013 to carry out system planning and provide recommendations to the Legislature for grants funded by the Legacy parks and trails fund to counties and cities outside the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails of regional significance.

The application process to achieve regional designation is designed to ensure that parks and trails included in the Greater Minnesota Regional System are of high value and provide a quality recreational opportunity; Bluffs Traverse meets that high standard.

The Bluffs Traverse will be included on the GMRPTC website, as well as the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee’s integrated website MN Great Outdoors, a one-stop site for all parks and trails of the DNR, Metropolitan Council and GMRPTC.

Ross Greedy, the city’s outdoor recreation coordinator credited for this significant achievement, said: “This is an important and exciting step for Winona toward the development of the Bluffs Traverse concept as the project is now eligible to receive Legacy funding.”

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson said: “This designation represents a lot of advance planning and work from many volunteers and city staff. It will have a significant impact on the outdoor opportunities Winona will be able to offer and a huge impact on tourism.”

The next step will be to submit a funding application for Commissions consideration by the Aug. 2 deadline.

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