Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources


Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

LCMR Parks Study Group

LCMR Parks Study Group

Members: Rep. Dennis Ozment (Study Group Chair), Rep. Jim Knoblach, Rep. Phyllis Kahn, Rep. Kathy Tinglestad, Sen. Linda Higgins, Sen. Carrie Ruud, Sen. Dallas Sams, Sen. Jim Vickerman (LCMR Chair)

Legislative Citation

  M.L. 2003, Chp. 128, Art. 1, Sec. 9, Subd. 3(b)

(b) LCMR Study Commission on Park Systems 
$26,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the legislative commission on Minnesota resources to evaluate the use of fees to assist the financial stability and the potential of fees to provide for self-sufficiency in Minnesota's park systems, including state parks, metropolitan regional parks, and rural regional parks in greater Minnesota. The study commission will report to the chairs of the senate and house environment finance committees by February 16, 2004.

  M.L. 2004, Chp. 255, Sec. 46

Sec. 46. [LCMR PARKS STUDY.] Subdivision 1. [REGIONAL PARKS.] The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources shall continue studying park issues, including the study of funding for operation and maintenance costs at regional parks within the seven-county metropolitan area and outside the seven-county metropolitan area. The commission may make additional recommendations on park issues to the 2005 legislature.

Subd. 2. [FUNDING AUTHORIZATION.] To begin implementing the recommendations in the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources February 2004 parks report, up to $6,000 of the appropriation in Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 9, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), is for an agreement with the Association of Minnesota Counties to identify and develop a comprehensive list of regional parks outside of the seven-county metropolitan area, including an inventory of park facilities.

Greater Minnesota Park Inventory and Regional Park Criteria, Final Report, January 2005 (to request the appendices for this report, call LCMR staff at 651-296-2406)

Parks Study Group Final Report to the Senate & House Environment Finance Committees, February 4, 2004

  • July 15, 2003 - approved
  • July 28, 2003 - approved
  • September 9, 2003 - approved
  • October 23, 2003 - approved
  • December 5, 2003 - approved
  • December 18, 2003 - approved

Background Information
Below are links (pdf.) to various informational documents reviewed by the study group. Document can change once further information is gathered. Please see the date in parenthesis regarding the most recent posting.

  Comparison of Background Information for State, Metropolitan Regional, Rural Regional Parks & State Trails (9/11/2003)

  • Description of Parks:
    - Minnesota State Park System
    - Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trail System
    - Regional Parks Outside the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

  • Park Fee Information:
    - Fee Summary Chart
    - State Park Fees
    - Metropolitan Regional Park Fees

  • Greater Minnesota Regional Parks:
    - Summary of Survey Results
    - Detailed Information

  Statutes Related to Parks in Minnesota
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