GET Amendment Project Description
Otter Tail County, in partnership with the City of Fergus Falls, is creating an amended master plan for the Glacial Edge Trail to extend the trail through the county, connecting Fergus Falls to Maplewood State Park and to the future Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail. In 2017, the City of Fergus Falls completed a master plan for the Glacial Edge Trail, as a 14-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting the Central Lakes State Trail, through the City of Fergus Falls, and terminating at County Road 1 northeast of the city. The amended master plan effort will combine the 2017 planned route with the extended route to provide a unique regional trail experience, showcasing both the rural and urban context of the glacial edge terrain, while connecting important regional destinations over the 28+ mile route.
Both the Glacial Edge Trail and the Perham to Pelican Rapids Trail have been designated as regional trails by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks & Trails Commission (GMRPTC). Designated regional trails are eligible for state funding through grants from the sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment to the State’s constitution, which was approved by Minnesota voters in 2008. A 25-year Regional Parks and Trails Legacy Plan was completed in 2011 and the GMRPTC was established in 2013. The GMRPTC is charged with coordinating the development of a regional system of parks and trails as well as recommending to the State Legislature the awarding of grant funding to cities and counties for regional parks and trails development.
The Glacial Edge Trail Master Plan Amendment Project will begin August 2019 and is expected to be completed January of 2020. A Project Advisory Group, consisting of local stakeholder representatives, will provide guidance to the Project Management and Consultant Teams. Project updates, meeting agendas and minutes will be posted on this website, as well as information about how you can get involved.