Walk About Menahga Recreational Rehabilitation and Walking Trails
There is a two-fold purpose to this project:
- Preserve, improve and maintain the integrity of Spirit Lake Recreational area using pervious materials to avoid erosion damage to lakeshore
- Install a marked walking path for residents and visitors to use for recreational and health improvement purposes
University - The City of Menahga and Wadena County SWCD has worked with University staff in the past to address shoreline restoration and clean water issues on Spirit Lake. The intent of this grant is to continue that relationship and seek professional consultation in the selection of the proper plants for the Showcase Garden, the selection of the most appropriate pervious materials to prevent erosion and the most appropriate trees to replace those dying out in St. Urho Park.
Additionally the Tourism Center will be consulted to determine how the City can promote the walking path through Explore Minnesota web site and/or other venues to attract visitors. Menahga cooperated last summer with the Lake Country Scenic Byway and Tourism Center to complete a study related to the economic impact of a Scenic Byway on communities.
In the past few years, the University of Minnesota Extension has had a strong presence in the Menahga area working to mobilize residents to address economic issues and utilize the high-speed fiber optic Broadband that exists in the local telecom service area. Those programs which were successful and even received national recognition include:
- Connecting Rural Communities (first such pilot project completed in the USA)
- Horizons (Pew Foundation program funded by Northwest Area Foundation and delivered by University of MN Extension)
- MIRC -Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities - University of MN Extension program with Blandin funding to assist rural businesses be "visible" on the Internet so customers can find them. Current project with University of Minnesota Community Economics instructors conducting classes in the region. Menahga has consistently had classes fully attended.
Community - support from community groups is indicated in the budget (below). Both monies and in-kind volunteer labor have been pledged.
Other - DNR guidelines involved in lakeshore preservation will be observed, MDH brochures will be used to promote the use of walking trail, community volunteers will be recruited to assist in keeping area clean/litter free and assist in implementation of the project.
- Development of promotion plan for walking, ordering of signage, materials for
- installation of walking trail signage
- Restore the Showcase Garden area
- Renovate the boat/canoe access area including a turning radius
- Install walking path
- Implement Promotional plan
- Install signage
- Install handicapped loading/unloading area at beach parking lot
- Install benches, picnic tables
- Plant trees to replace old trees
- Increased numbers of visitors utilizing recreational facilities in the area
- Sustainability of the health of Spirit Lake by improvements to shoreline facilities
- Increased citizen involvement through volunteerism/in-kind labor/upkeep
- Visible use of the walking path by residents (including school children due to location near the school) and visitors as well
- Pride and ownership in community
- City of Menahga - $15,000
- Menahga Conservation Club - $2,500
- Horizons (Community Development Project) - $1,000
- Menahga C&C - $2,000
- Univ. of MN Central Regional Partnership - $2,000
- WesMin Rural Community Development - $1,000
- SHIP (State Health Improvement Project)—Wadena County Public Health - $2,700
- Wadena County Sentence to Serve - $2,500
- Menahga Girl Scouts - $2,500
- Wadena SWCD - $1,500
- Volunteers at large - $2,100
- Spirit Lake Association - $100