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May 22 15

Chippewa County HM Draft Plan

by Melissa

CC – Draft HM Plan 052515 – Most Recent Version

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May 19 15

Public Open House: Memorial Park Master Plan

by Melissa

The city of Granite Falls will be hosting a Public Open House to review the Memorial Park Master Plan on May 21st at 5:00 – 6:00 pm at City Hall.  This plan was developed by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC).  The city of Granite Falls appointed a Task Force to assist in creating this plan and prioritizing projects to be included such as removing the bathhouse, improving restroom facilities, addressing safety and general repairs for the shelter and playground area. The public is invited to review the maps, projects and give comments about the future of the Memorial Park Master Plan.  If you are not able to attend the meeting, the Master Plan is available here and comments can be sent to Erin Smith at

Click to view the Memorial Park Master Plan Draft 

May 14 15

BSC Hazard Mitigation Draft Plan

by Melissa

BSC Hazard Mitigation Draft Plan 05142015

May 11 15

Public Art Conference

by Melissa


“Making It Public”: Public Art Conference hosted by the SW MN Arts Council

Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM CDT
-to-Thursday June 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM CDT

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
5616 Prairie’s Edge Lane
Granite Falls, MN 56258

Are you interested in having public art in your community? Are you wondering how to involve artists in public improvement projects? Are you an artist interested in creating public art?
SMAC, in partnership with Forecast Public Art, invites you to learn about the exciting field of public art and how you can get started with your own art projects.
Two day FREE workshop:

JUNE 24 – 25, 2015 * Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort, Granite Falls
Forecast presenters will review recent local, national and international public art projects, and provide a step-by-step guided tour through the process of developing a public art project. Participants will also engage in a discussion on the benefits that public art can bring to your communities. This free workshop will provide you with opportunities to meet with others in your region that are interested in public art, connect you with resources as you explore public art possibilities, and provide inspiration to get your planning started!

Get all of the details here!
Register Now!

Check out the above link for all of the workshop details. Contact the SMAC office with questions.

Greta Murray
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

May 5 15

Regional Parks & Trails Grant

by Melissa

Each year, millions of dollars are granted to communities and organizations across Minnesota for park and trail projects.

Finding the right grant for your project can be a real challenge. That’s why we’ve put together this 38-page guide that provides the following details on 16 grant opportunities:

  • a brief background of the grant
  • deadline
  • average grant amount
  • eligibility
  • stats on previous years recipients
  • contact info

Park and Trail Grant-Guide-2015

Visit for more information.