Wednesday, August 9, 2023
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In case you missed the Park Board Meeting on August 8, 2023 below are some highlights to be aware of.      

To view a full agenda and memos click HERE. For a full recording of the meeting visit the Fargo Park District YouTube page.   

Approval of recommended fees for Fargo Parks Sports Complex 

As part of the consent agenda, Park Board Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve 2024 fees for the Fargo Parks Sports Complex as recommended by staff.  

The recommended fees are based on fee comparisons to other similar facilities including other Fargo Park District facilities. The recommended fees will be re-evaluated annually to balance public accessibility and market competition.  

Recommended fees included $40.00 - $60.00 an hour for court rentals, $30 an hour for party room rentals, $5.00 per visit for indoor playground use, $280 - $400 an hour for full turf rental and more. For a full list of approved fees click HERE.  

Approval of additional Park District properties included in Wildlife Management Program 

The Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the addition of three sites to the Urban Archery Hunting Program.   

The Urban Archery Hunting Program is administered by the Sandhills Archery Club in cooperation with the Fargo Park District and the City of Fargo. The Fargo Park District participates in the program by providing space for training participants, as well as assisting with compliance checks in the field while staff are conducting daily maintenance activities. Park property is also provided for the program.  

Sandhills Archery requested additional areas to be included in the Wildlife Management Program. Commissioners approved the addition of: Funfar Park (with additional boundaries excluding the walking path), Edgewood Golf Course and 10 acres of land north of County Road 20. 

The Urban Archery Hunting program is permitted and regulated by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The aim of the program is to reduce the urban deer population in the City of Fargo by utilizing a limited archery season and a small number of certified hunters.  

Discussion Regarding Broadway Square Agreement 

The Board of Commissioners discussed the future of the Park District’s agreement with Block 9 Partners to manage and maintain Broadway Square and voted 5-0 to end the current agreement on March 31, 2024. Commissioners, staff and Block 9 partners plan to negotiate a new contract, which is slated to begin on April 1, 2023. 

The Park District has managed and maintained Broadway Square since its construction and establishment in 2019. The current agreement continues until January 1st, 2024.  

Park District staff presented the following options for future agreements with Commissioners:  

  1. Continue with current agreement for an additional year. 

  1. Modify the current agreement.  

  1. Terminate agreement.  

After the presentation, Commissioners reiterated the importance of Broadway Square to the entire Fargo community. A new contract will be drawn up, negotiated and signed by April 1, 2024.  

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Fargo Park District