Beaver Island Trail approved for extension from Clearwater

By: Nyah Adams / Chief Information Officer

Beaver Island Trail is expanding after receiving approval for an extension grant of over $ 1.29 million.

Stearns County Parks Director Ben Anderson said they plan to build about four miles of separate 10-foot-wide asphalt recreational trail. The trail will start on the northwest side of Clearwater and connect to the town’s existing recreational trail. The route will then continue northwest along County Road 75, mostly inside an abandoned railroad track. It will connect to the St. Cloud portion of the Beaver Island Trail near the new water tower.

The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has completed its extensive application review process and selected the Beaver Island Trail Extension Project and other trail projects in the state to receive funding. record $ 12.2 million for 2023.

Other projects in the state of Minnesota that received funding included: Sherburne County’s Big Elk Lake Park, Duluth Spirit Mountain Recreation Area, and 17 others.

The GMRPTC provides recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature for grants to parks and trails of regional significance in the 80 counties outside the seven-county metropolitan area.

Since 2014, the commission has awarded more than $ 52 million in grants to more than 50 regional parks and trails.

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