Park Project Highlights: New designations announced!

Below is a message from GMRPTC Executive Director Renee Mattson. You can reach her at renee.mattson@gmrptcommission.org.


2022 has been an exceptional year of system growth, with seven new facilities achieving regional designation within the Greater Minnesota system:

  • Duluth Waabizheshikana/The Marten Trail
  • Frazee Wannigan Regional Park
  • Isanti County Springvale Park
  • Otter Tail County Phelps Mill County Park
  • Sibley County Henderson Scenic Byway Trail
  • Swift County Appleton OHV Park
  • Warroad Point Park

These facilities met the Commission’s criteria for system designation with a qualified Master Plan that thoroughly laid out their vision and implementation plans. 

With these seven new designations, the system is now comprised of 74 parks, trails and special feature facilities across the 80-counties in Greater Minnesota. With these seven new designations, the system is now comprised of 74 parks, trails, and special feature facilities across the 80-counties in Greater Minnesota. Check out the highlights from each of the districts undergoing park projects:

Duluth Waabizheshikana/The Marten Trail — Joe Czapiewski, Cliff Knettel, and Jim Shoberg.

Isanti County Springvale Park — Jen Foley (At-Large Commissioner), Joe Czapiewski (System Plan Coordinator), and Barry Wendorf (District 4 Commissioner & Isanti County Parks Director) conduct a site visit in review of funding application.

Otter Tail County Phelps Mill County Park.

Snowmobiling at Warroad Point Park.

New four-season multi-use building at Willmar Robbins Island Park.

Cohasset Tioga Recreation Area — view from new mountain bike trails.

Duluth Hartley Nature Center — new addition!

Hole in the Mountain Park — horse camp.