Group honors city for Legacy fund projects

stillwaterStillwater is among nine Minnesota communities that will be recognized for their effective use of Legacy amendment funds by Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

The two groups’ other “Legacy destination” cities besides Stillwater are Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Maplewood, Nisswa, Plymouth, Rushford and Two Harbors.
The groups are tentatively scheduled to formally recognize Stillwater at the May 7 City Council meeting.

“Each of these cities were chosen for the great work they are doing to utilize the Legacy Amendment dollars for projects within their communities,” said Paul Austin, executive director of Conservation Minnesota. “We believe each of these cities has embraced the amendment, and are making the most of the opportunities provided to them.”

Conservation Minnesota spokesman Nate Dybvig said Stillwater and the other communities were recognized for utilizing Legacy funds to make their cities better for both residents and visitors. The list of Stillwater Legacy projects includes:

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund projects by ArtReach St. Croix, FamilyMeans, St. Croix Concert series, East Metro Symphony Orchestra, Wildwood Artists Series and community arts grants to numerous local groups and organizations.
  • Stormwater retrofit projects at McKusick and Lily lakes.
  • Brown’s Creek Watershed District water quality improvements in partnership with the Stillwater Country Club.
  • Carnelian-Marine on St. Croix Watershed District impaired lakes project.
  • St. Croix River “green marina” projects at Wolf Marina and two other Washington County marinas.

“One of the greatest parts of my job is traveling around the state like this meeting with local leaders and congratulating them for the great work they are doing protecting the legacy of Minnesota,” said Sheila Smith, executive director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “And each of these communities are truly deserving for the great work they are doing.”

Minnesota votes overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 which added three-eighths of a percent to the state sales tax and dedicated the revenue to projects that help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

Soon after, the Legacy Destination program was created to draw attention to the way amendment proceeds were making changes in communities statewide. Whether through cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every Minnesota resident has benefited from the program.