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With the help of HKGi consulting firm, Master plans have been created to provide a plan for the future of Olmsted County's parks and recreation system, with emphasis on positioning Oxbow, Chester Woods, and Root River parks for Regional Designation by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC). The plan will also provide a long-term framework for the overall system and specific recommendations for White Bridge Pier.
Upon completion of the Master Plans, 3 parks went through the application process for regional designation by the GMRPTC in 2017.
Chester Woods was designated with highest rankings in 2015 and submitted as an update with the new master plan to increase the ranking. Oxbow Park was newly designated with the highest ranking of designation, making both parks eligible for Legacy funding. Root River was not designated in 2017 and will be re-submitted in the near future as we can work to develop an overall plan that includes a stronger collaboration with the adjacent DNR lands.
Olmsted County is now in a good position to apply for Legacy funding and begin implementation of Chester Woods and Oxbow Parks Master Plans.
Final Approved Master Plan
Parks Master Plans for Chester Woods, Oxbow and Zollman Zoo, and Root River Parks, as well as the Development Concept for White Bridge Fishing Pier have been adopted by the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners.