Great Rivers Greenway is giving Maplewood a second shot at a trail through the city down Greenwood Boulevard, but there’s a deadline.
After Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) determined that the list of stipulations Maplewood wanted for a trail crossing Big Bend at Oxford Avenue and down Greenwood Boulevard were outside the scope of the $1.6 million grant from the East West Gateway, they withdrew the grant request so the funds could be used for another project.
- See Maplewood’s letter to Great Rivers Greenway (Feb. 16)
- See Great Rivers letter responding to Maplewood (Feb. 20)
GRG Communications Manager Seth Treptow said Friday that GRG asked the city of Maplewood, in its letter to Mayor Barry Greenberg and the city council, to let them know if they would like to work together, “so we can look at what’s actually part of the greenway, what other funding sources might be, what’s feasible, and then if they’re interested in doing that — and we want them to let us know by April 30 — we’ll have time to incorporate those revisions into our budget for next year.”
If Maplewood decides to work with GRG the funds would come from the tax base that funds all of GRG’s work.
“Because we try to be above board and transparent about how we’re using those funds we need to go through a budgeting process and we try to make sure we have those available so we’re not just drawing funds willy nilly,” Treptow said. He said the 2017 projects are already planned.
GRG’s grants can only operate within the proposed corridor, and anything outside of that changes the scope. He said some of the things Maplewood was looking for are outside the scope of what they submitted.
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg hasn’t responded immediately what Maplewood’s response to GRG might be.