Perham community shows interest in new trail [UPDATED]Published 10:43am Friday, December 27, 2013 Updated 12:48pm Friday, December 27, 2013
A strong public turnout highlighted a public meeting in Perham regarding the construction of a new recreational trail, according to the Perham Focus. Roughly 35 attendees, most of whom seemed to be in support of the proposed trail, asked questions about the proposed trail that would connect Perham and Pelican Rapids through Maplewood State Park.
The project is still in the beginning planning stages. Engineers and Otter Tail County officials held the meeting to determine interest and gather input on the trail. Another meeting was held the night before in Pelican Rapids.
If the trail is built, it will be open to walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters and will be used for snowmobiling in the winter.
Currents plans have the trail designed as a 10-foot wide paved path, with a minimum of two feet on each side. It would also be independent of any roadway and have its own signage and markings.
Funding has become a challenge for planners. Because of the cost and availability of state funds, building is expected to be a lengthy process. The earliest state funding would be available for the project is in 2015 or 2017.
Other challenges include obtaining permission from property owners for the use of land and finding routes that will have minimal natural impact.
Funding for construction of the project would primarily come from state sources. Routine maintenance would become the responsibility of the county.