On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the City of River Falls received a $306,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help fund a two-mile multi-use recreation trail within the upcoming Mann Valley Corporate Park.
In September, the City began construction on the corporate park, located on the city’s western edge, which includes approximately 208 developable acres. The park will also include 10 acres of multi-family housing, 63 acres of conservancy, and 36 acres of outlots where roads and infrastructure will be located.
The trail will run north to south across the corporate park, serving as a vital link between existing park space, planned multi-family housing, new corporate park tenants, designated conservancy areas, and future trail connections on the north end of the city.
“The multi-use path through Mann Valley has been a foundational part of the project since the beginning,” Economic Development Manager Keri Schreiner said. “While important to the future occupants of the corporate park, the trail will also serve as an important north-south recreation connection on the city’s western edge.”
The trail is consistent with infrastructure recommendations presented in the City of River Falls’ Kinnickinnic River Corridor Plan, Outdoor Recreation Plan, Bike and Pedestrian Plan, and Comprehensive Plan.
Incorporated into the overall budget for Mann Valley Corporate Park, the multi-use path is currently estimated to cost $900,000.
The City was awarded $191,760 for the trail through the Wisconsin DNR’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant in the summer of 2023. However, after additional funds became available, the State of Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance offered an increased award, which now funds approximately one third of the project's total cost.
“River Falls is dynamic and growing – it is an exciting time for our great community,” Representative Shannon Zimmerman, who sits on the committee, said. “Mann Valley Corporate Park is a symbol of that progress. I was happy to advocate for River Falls to secure funding from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant to enhance the experience in the park.”