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Tatanka Bluffs Trails - Renville County Civic


Building regional civic capacity by using a publicly engaged process involving citizens, county trail committees, local officials, and trail users, and building on the Center's previous state trail work, the Center for Changing Landscapes created designs/plans for individual county trail systems in Brown, Lyon, Redwood and Renville Counties.


Tatanka Bluff Foundation
Renville County
Redwood County
University of Minnesota partners - Center for Changing Landscapes , College of Design


CCL worked with Renville County and its communities to create plans and designs for a county trail system that connected community, county, and state natural and cultural assets in Renville County. The work included the following:


Project Products: this project was an important part of a larger project. This is a description of the entire project that involved four counties: Renville, Redwood, Brown and Lyon.

Community-focused and county-wide trail discussions: local input and critiques of plans/designs were given in over 25 public meetings with trail committees, citizens, and local officials; A printed and digital report that includes:


1st Community meetings and landscape analysis
2nd Initial design intent and citizen feedback
3rd Design Development based on citizen input
4th Report completion and public presentation of completed designs in Olivia

The project was to be completed by June 30, 2010; it was completed by October 3, 2010. We had weather challenges with three of the public meetings: a blizzard, a flood, and a tornado. We did not want to schedule the final meeting when people were vacationing and at a time when farmers could not attend so we waited until after September 1 for the final meeting.

The projects has:
Engaged many people in working together in their community
Engaged cross-community county-wide partnerships
County officials are moving forward to implement some of the work
The Tanaka Bluffs group has been energized to move forward on implementation


In-Kind 25,000.00
Outside 220,000.00
Volunteer 0.00
State Special 5,000.00
Total 250,000.00

Last updated 12-15-2010
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