Public can weigh in on plans for Lake Vermilion parkby Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio
Duluth, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for public input on plans for the new Lake Vermilion State Park in northeastern Minnesota.
It's the first new state park in years, and the DNR is using its website to find out what people want. Through September, the agency will have a short questionnaire posted on its website that members of the public can answer. There's also a computer kiosk at the DNR Building at the State Fair.
The survey has 19 questions which ask what kinds of experiences and facilities Minnesotans would like to have in the new park.
The DNR wants the park to be a year-round destination, and to attract a new generation of park users.
A Citizens Advisory Committee is working on a draft master plan. The DNR will ask for more public comment once the draft is finished.
Lake Vermilion State Park was established earlier this summer, when the state bought 3,000 acres on the popular lake from U.S. Steel.