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In the Heart of Minnesota's Vacation and Recreation Area

Lybeck, Christopher

In the summer of 2015 the city of Akeley, Minnesota sought help from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Research Assistant program. There main objective, to aid in the planning & development of a trail system that would connect the Akeley’s downtown to the Heartland State Trail system and encourage economic development for the local community. The City of Akeley was founded during the logging & milling era, but has sense become a tourism-based economy. In Minnesota, tourism is a $12.5 BILLION dollar industry, while tourism in Hubbard County produces around $29 MILLION dollars annually. Encouraging tourism and development starts with expanding upon the main essentials; lodging, food, recreation opportunities, etc. However, clear ACCESS to all of these essentials is just as important. In this report, I present a MASTER PLAN for trail design which will allow the Heartland State Trail to connect with Akeley’s downtown and spur local tourism and development. These designs include:
1.) Connections from the Heartland State Trail to the city’s main street of Broadway.
2.) Clear markings from the current MNDNR trailhead to Akeley’s new city trailhead.
3.) Proposals for connections to the lodges, campsites, and lakes, within the context of Akeley.

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Prepared in partnership with City of Akeley by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota
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