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Northland Arboretum Trail Design


Design and build an outside Accessible Wellness Fitness Trail on the grounds of the Northland Arboretum to promote health and well-being of Brainerd Lakes Area residents and visitors of all ages. The trail will consist of walking, running, and 12 exercise stations.



  1. Initiate project and identify steering committee
  2. Define and conduct community engagement process
  3. Conduct background research
  4. Identify appropriate trail alignment, facilities and equipment
  5. Develop draft schematic design
  6. Produce final schematic design and report
  7. Master Design Plan and present to board and community


  1. School physical education classes utilizing the trail and including it in their curriculum
  2. Health organizations and physicians referring patients to the trail and prescribing a health regimen to improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity
  3. Local businesses having employee programs that partner with the Arboretum to improve the health of their employees and to reduce health costs and time away from work due to illnesses
  4. Aging population taking small steps for a lifestyle change, maintain and improve their physical strength, and improve balance and the ability to do everyday things



Leveraged resources

Bernicks - $6,000; Crow Wing Energized SHIP - $5,000; Essentia Health - $10,000; Mid MN Federal CU - $5,000; Mills Fleet - $5,000; NJPA - $17,000; Otto Bremer Foundation - $100,000

Last updated 05-27-2015
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