City receives $100,000 grant for pedestrian bridge
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today that it has awarded $100,000 each to the cities of Shakopee and Prior Lake for trail improvements that will benefit Scott County residents.
The City of Shakopee will use the grant to build a bridge and trail connecting Memorial Park to the Minnesota Valley State Trail. The bridge would replace the former Memorial Park pedestrian bridge, which was removed in 2016 due to safety concerns. The project will also include expanding previous archaeological investigations in the culturally sensitive area.
The City of Prior Lake will use the grant to construct a trail on the west side of County Highway 21 from County Highway 42 south to Fountain Hills Road. The project will also include making ADA-compliant pedestrian ramp improvements at the intersections at County Highway 42 and at Fountain Hills Road. This segment is the last remaining gap in a seven-mile trail system along County Highway 21 from County Highway 18 in Shakopee to Cleary Lake Park in Credit River Township.
“These grants reflect the high priority that the SMSC and these local governments have placed on environmental stewardship and quality trails in Scott County,” said Chairman Charlie Vig. “The entire area will benefit from these projects, and the SMSC is excited to have a role in making them happen.”
About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Following a Dakota tradition of generosity, the SMSC is one of the top philanthropists in Minnesota and is the largest contributor to Native American tribes and causes across the country. It is a strong community partner and a leader in protecting and restoring natural resources. The SMSC’s government, Gaming Enterprise, and various other enterprises are collectively the largest employer in Scott County.