City chips in for Maplewood-to-PR trail [UPDATED]Published 9:34am Friday, August 23, 2013 Updated 11:36am Friday, August 23, 2013
A trail planned to run from Pelican Rapids to Maplewood State Park moved a step closer to implication after the Pelican Rapids City Council chipped in $13,181 towards a $66,000 feasibility study, according to the Pelican Rapids Press.
The study will be necessary in order to position the project for grants and loans.
The Otter Tail County Board is serving as the lead agency on the project and will fund a large share of the study’s cost.
While the proposal is still in preliminary stage, the trail has garnered support at numerous levers, including municipalities, the county and West Central Initiative.
The trail proposal has also been met with enthusiasm in the Pelican Rapids area. Businesses and merchants stand to benefit from a recreational path that would lead Maplewood visitors to downtown Pelican Rapids.
The alignment of the trail has yet to be completely determined, as there are still many right-of-way matters and logistical issues. There is support, however, for a “multi-use” approach, where snowmobile traffic in the winter and bicycle traffic in the summer will be accommodated.