New bike path to provide community connection
The City of Perham will get a $95,000 boost from a grant intended to partially fund a series of connecting bike trails.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Connections Grant is designed to help cities do just that - connect.
The project on the table will connect Arvig Park and the Cal Miller bike trails with a soon-to-be-built Wildflower Trail system near Perham Health.
While $95,000 will be granted through the DNR, the city isn't totally off the hook. It will contribute around $27,000. Perham Health will pay around $12,000.
City Manager Kelcey Klemm said during the preparation period for this grant that the city had already budgeted for the bike path project to the tune of $50,000 - a figure that was implemented in the 2012 forecast.
Three years ago, Coney Street was extended to County 34. When the Highway 10 and Highway 34 interchange is built this summer, it will include a bike path along the side of Highway 34, connecting it to the Wildflower Trail, which will be constructed in the fall.
The Wildflower Trail will include 3.3 miles of trails, which can be used for biking, walking and running.
To clearly connect the trail systems, bike lanes will be created on Coney Street.
The city began to pursue the DNR grant after a survey taken in March provided data that it was a favorable project among members of the public. The survey was sent to three-fourths of the population - the city received 31 percent of surveys back.