Scott and Dakota counties were once again big winners last week as big bucks were dished out for parks and trails.
And a cross-country ski trail with snow-making and lights is coming to Bloomington.
Scott County was the biggest recipient of a new Metropolitan Council grant: $744,927 to help buy 114 acres as a centerpiece for the future 2,440-acre Blakeley Bluffs Park Reserve, in the county’s southwest corner along the Minnesota River.
The property includes river frontage, flood plain, bluffs, ravines and scenic vistas of the river valley.
Dakota County got $270,000 for an easement on 9 acres needed for links from Lebanon Hills Regional Park to Whitetail Woods park and Spring Lake Park Reserve.
And amendments to previous grants for $1.3 million will help pay for a 5-kilometer cross-country ski trail at Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve in Bloomington, managed by Three Rivers parks district.