In 2002, the Graves Family sold their 292-acre family farm, established in 1907, to Benton County for use as a new park. The nine-building farmstead, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, forms the core of the regional park that also encompasses representatives of the savanna and prairie landscape of 150 years ago.
In 2005, seeking assistance from ecologists from AES and landscape designers from Brauer and Associates, the County began production of a master plan for the newly created Bend in the River Regional Park. Ecologists conducted a natural resource inventory (NRI) to identify natural resources and set conservation priorities.
A technical advisory committee, composed of County and DNR officials, a Graves family member, local historical societies, adjacent landowners, and other stakeholders, was engaged throughout the planning process through an interpretive site walk, open houses, and public meetings.
Alternatives were designated and a final 10-year master plan was prepared that addressed restoration and conservation of the new park’s historical and ecological assets via designation of management units, a restoration schedule, and strategies for future funding.
- Park Master Planning
- Natural Resource Inventory
- Public Process
Bend in the River Regional Park
Benton County, Minnesota