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Refinement and Implementation of Mississippi River Trail Plan

The City of Dayton completed its first Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan in 2008. The city requested assistance refining the plan to facilitate implementation. Graduate students in landscape architecture and urban and regional planning refined a trail alignment along the Mississippi River that will link several existing parks, the community's historic district, and the regional Elm Creek Park Reserve, as well as create connections to a proposed countywide trail and to the future Elk River commuter rail station. The students identified implementation mechanisms for the plan, as well as funding opportunities and requirements in conjunction with the National Park Service's centennial celebration in 2016, one goal of which is to create a continuous trail system along the entire length of the Mississippi River by the centennial. Students made a final presentation to the Dayton City Council, Dayton Parks Commission, and Hennepin County staff. The research helped the city to pursue funding from the NPS and other sources based on the proposed trail alignment. The city also used the information from the project to revise its Parks, Trails, and Open Space plan.

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City of Dayton Parks Commission
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