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Crookston is aligning its "Crookston In Motion" efforts with GreenStep Cities. Crookston in Motion identified four destiny drivers named downtown vitality, expanding housing, economic opportunity, and sustainability. This project focuses on the sustainability driver and its five guiding principles.
- City of Crookston
- Crookston InMotion
- Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
- Create community gardens: A new community garden was created on Riverside Drive in an area where houses were purchased and removed due to flood issues. We have a unique opportunity at the Riverside site to create a wonderful community asset. Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, perennial gardens, rain garden are all possible given the location and terrain. Currently the future consists of another large area for the city to mow each year.
- Make Crookston more bike and walking friendly. The trails subcommittee for Crookston InMotion has reconvened after not having an official meeting for a year. This group is working on additions to hiking, biking and ski trails. The group will complete trails master plan in 2016.
- With special focus to increase access and use of our water trail, the Red Lake River, was another goal. Increase awareness of river access points- Signage to direct people to our river access points for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
Expanded interest and awareness of local foods movement in Crookston area. Ten new raised garden spaces were built and adopted by residents. More recently, a group of 15 local food advocates has begun meeting formally to explore the feasibility of a Crookston Food Hub.
Crookston In Motion is back to meeting on a regular basis because of the efforts of DeAndra O'Connell and others associated with this grant. A series of meetings took place because of this effort. Active Living River and Trails Committee, Local Foods Group, Sustainability/ Renewable Energy Group and the newly formed Downtown Development group. Regular meetings now occur with each of these groups as they develop goals and strategies for implementation. These groups advocate for action, sharing information with the City Council and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Crookston Active Living River and Trails Committee has forged strong relationships with staff from MnDOT and MnDNR in an effort to improve river access, cross country skiing, walkability and bike friendliness in Crookston. The City of Crookston is also in the midst of a Comprehensive Planning process which addresses these issues. The Comprehensive Plan will act as the framework for future decision over the next 20 years. Advocates for Health in All Policies have been engaged from the beginning and continue to reinforce its importance. The City of Crookston has worked closely with Polk County officials to map existing trails and create maps of potential trails throughout the city. The Active Living master plan has been completed but is being reviewed for additional ideas by Dr. Eric Castle, University of Minnesota Crookston faculty member and his class.
City of Crookston - $5000
Crookston InMotion and its subcommittee - $8000
Project Start Date: 11-15-2014
Project End Date: 11-15-2015
Last updated 2-18-2016