Garfield Trail and Shelter update

garfield mn bike trail

The new Garfield trailhead is now complete.  It was dedicated during the annual Garfield Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 14.  Mayor Gaye Mounsdon was present and described the process to complete the project and all of the people involved.  Pastor David Gran from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church dedicated the trailhead facility.  A huge thank you goes out to all of the businesses and organizations that donated money or talent, including Gardonville Telephone, Otter Tail Power, Jo Jo’s Cafe, Douglas County, ALP’s Operation Roundup, Cenex, and the Chippewan’s 4H for planting all the shrubs and dressing up the area.

In addition, Douglas County has now paved the trail from County Road 12 west to Brandon and all the way to the Douglas County line near Ashby.  With the trailhead and trail paving complete, there will be increased usage of both, which will enhance the recreational opportunities of Garfield and the surrounding area.

We hope you can come out and make use of the trail and shelter.  See you in Garfield!


City Receives Approval for Central Lakes Trailhead Facility

The City of Garfield recently received final approval from the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for an $8,295 grant from the Federal Recreational Trail Program to build a shelter and parking area along the Central Lakes Trail in Garfield.  The city will receive matching funds from donations made to development of the trail through Douglas County Public Works.  The Alexandria Rotary Club will plant trees and shrubs to beautify the trailhead area.  The trailhead will be built in the Summer of 2004.


City Receives Approval Recommendation from DNR to Build a Trailhead Along the Central Lakes Trail

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met with the city on April 1 to review the Federal Recreational Trail Program (FRTP) grant application that the city submitted at the end of February.  The city successfully passed the initial selection phase for receiving 50% of the total project cost for building a trailhead along the trail near County Roads 82 and 12 in Garfield.  A site visit was also conducted.  On April 28, the city received a letter from the DNR recommending our project to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  In the past, the FHWA has concurred with the DNR’s recommendations, so there is a high degree of certainty the project will receive funding.

The city also applied to the Bikes Belong Coalition for the 50% match on May 16 and should hear by early July if the city was approved.


City Applies to DNR for Grant to Build a Trailhead Along the Central Lakes Trail

The City of Garfield submitted a Federal Recreational Trail Program (FRTP) grant application to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on February 28.  The grant request is for building a trailhead facility along the Central Lakes Trail within the city limits of Garfield.  The trailhead proposal is for a graveled parking area for persons accessing the trail, including snowmobile riders who need a place to unload their sleds.  In addition, there would be an open shelter for picnic tables, a portable unisex bathroom facility that would be available during the summer, signage to let people know where they are along the trail, and trees, shrubs and other plantings to make the facility attractive.

The proposed trailhead would be located north of County Road 82, east of County Road 12 and south of the trail.  This is located on the Mn/DOT trail right-of-way, so the city does not own the land, but would have an agreement with Mn/DOT to use the property for the trailhead.  The total project cost is estimated at $16,590 and the city is requesting a 50% federal grant from the FRTP.  The city needs to come up with the other 50%, and is planning to submit a grant request to the Bikes Belong Coalition for the required match.  In addition, the city has received support from The Douglas County Public Works, the Alexandria Rotary Club (which would provide labor and materials for planting the vegetation) and the Bike Shop.

If the city receives the grants, the project would be constructed during the summer of 2004.