City of Paynesville, Minnesota
Development of a trail system encircling Lake Koronis and connecting to the Glacial Lakes State Trail (west of Paynesville) was made possible through a cooperative agreement between multiple parties through the formation of the Paynesville Area Joint Trails Board. Bolton & Menk assisted project stakeholders in the development of the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail, a multi-use, non-motorized trail. Most of the trail is 8- to 10-foot-wide bituminous separated from the roadway, with a few segments of on-road trail due to constraints. The trail was constructed primarily in right-of-way along city streets, township roads, state highways, and county state aid highways.
Multiple funding sources were used over a period of 10 years to develop the trail. Federal Enhancement Funds were acquired for three of eight phases, and grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and special appropriation bonding money were secured to fund other portions of the project.
Through collaboration with multiple stakeholders, this 10-year trail project was brought to fruition and now allows residents and visitors to enjoy the natural recreational area of Lake Koronis.
League of Minnesota Cities – 2015 Excellence Award