In case you missed the Park Board Meeting on January 9, 2024, below are some highlights to be aware of.
Permission granted to solicit bids for the Yunker Farm Dog Park Project
As part of the consent agenda, Park Board Commissioners voted 5-0 to grant permission for staff to solicit bids for the Yunker Farm Dog Park project, which is budgeted to be completed in 2024.
The updated dog park will consist of a new parking lot, fencing, seating, dog waste stations, water stations, shade structures and obstacle course equipment. The project also includes moving the dog park to the north side of Yunker Farm Park. Relocation was included in the final Yunker Farm Park Master Plan so that other components of the plan can be executed.
To read more about the Yunker Farm Park Master Plan click HERE.
Permission granted to apply for a Minnesota Twins Community Fund Grant
As part of the consent agenda, Park Board Commissioners voted 5-0 to grant permission for staff to formally apply for a Minnesota Twins Community Fund Grant.
The Twins Community Fund’s Twins Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities for youth in the upper Midwest and southwest Florida. The program makes matching grants to nonprofit organization and local government entities that operate youth baseball and softball programs.
Matching grants up to $15,000 are available for the renovation or construction of baseball and/or softball fields that are used primarily by youth players. Eligible renovation projects include upgrading essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing and dugouts.
If awarded, the matching funds would allow the Fargo Park District to purchase player benches for the 2024 softball field dugout upgrade or portable pitching mounds for bullpen areas at baseball fields.
2023 Fargo Park District Foundation Annual Report Presentation
Park Board Commissioners heard a 2023 Fargo Park District Foundation annual report presentation from Craig Bjur, Fargo Park District Foundation executive director.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Fargo Park District Foundation received $1,148,000 in donations and another $300,000 of in-kind gifts for a total of $1,448,000 in 2023.
The report included updates on two large ongoing community projects: the Fargo Park District Sports Center and the Island Park Pool Project. Phase I of the Sports Center is slated for completion in early summer 2024 and the Island Park Pool Project is expected to reopen to the public for the summer of 2025 season.
A large part of the Fargo Park District Foundation’s work includes raising monetary support for the Fargo Park District Youth Scholarship Project. In 2023, more than 300 scholarships were provided and more than $17,600 raised for the program. Support of the Youth Scholarship Program helps create a healthy community and build a foundation of wellness for local youth no matter their socioeconomic status.
The report also detailed a partnership with Dare 2 Stand Out to provide adaptive golf carts at Fargo public golf courses and overview of key events that took place in the 2023 year.
To view the entire annual report view the meeting agenda and scroll to page 55. The Fargo Park District Foundation looks forward to another exciting year in 2024.
Tori Benders, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Fargo Park District