The College of Design's Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL) recently completed two reports which were submitted to the Minnesota State Legislature and will help guide investment in Minnesota's parks and trails.
CCL was directed by the Minnesota State Legislature to create a long-range framework for an integrated statewide parks and trails system that would provide information on the natural resource-based recreational opportunities available throughout the state. The detailed framework was required to include an inventory of existing regionally and statewide significant parks and trails, respond to recreational trends and demographic changes, and identify underserved areas, overused facilities, and gaps in the current parks and trails system (Minn. Gen. Laws 64.8 § 6).
The main project staff included Mary Vogel, Principal Investigator, and Cindy Zerger (MLA/MURP 2008), Research Fellow and Project Manager. Both of the project reports can be found at http://ccl.design.umn.edu/mnpat.html.