Lake Brophy County Park ready to expandThe county is one step closer to acquiring land that would be added to Lake Brophy County Park.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
The county is one step closer to acquiring land that would be added to Lake Brophy County Park.
Douglas County Parks Superintendent Al Lieffort presented a letter he received from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to Douglas County commissioners at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
The letter informed Lieffort that the application to the 2010 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program was selected for funding.
A reimbursement grant in the amount of $375,000 will be established contingent upon final processing of the application.
“Well, we passed this hurdle,” Lieffort told the commissioners.
More than $25 million in grant requests were received by the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program, with $4.19 million available for funding.
Funding for the program comes from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by voters in 2008.
Back in March of this year, after a generous offer by a local resident and landowner, Douglas County commissioners approved the application for the grant.
Because there is more than one parcel of land to be purchased, there will be at least three phases to the land acquisition project.
The first phase includes about 26 acres of land located north of Lake Brophy and north of the Lake Brophy Park.
At a special board meeting in March, Lieffort told commissioners that Wayne Lee, who owns some of the land, offered to “put up the local share.”
The overall cost for the first phase of land acquisition would be approximately $500,000. The money from the Legacy Act fund will provide 75 percent – or $375,000 of the total cost. The county’s share would be $125,000.
Lee told Lieffort that he would be willing to pay the $125,000 so that the county – or taxpayers – wouldn’t have to fund the project.
Because of Lee’s donation, the county approved the application for the grant, which was now approved.
Lieffort will soon receive another letter with more information from DNR staff on how to proceed with the project.