Park Donation Program now offered to make gifts standardized style
By Anna Erickson
A Parks Donation Program has been adopted by the city of Park Rapids.
City staff has been working with the Parks and Beautification Board on a donation policy to create guidelines and standards for park donations along with a level of recognition for park donors.
City planner Dan Walker presented the Parks Donation Program to the Park Rapids City Council last week. The policy will set a standard style for donated park benches and picnic tables and a standard donation amount. That amount will cover the complete cost of the purchase, installation, memorial plaque and future maintenance costs. The bench and picnic table styles will be chosen by the Parks and Beautification Board and updated on a regular basis depending on specific park needs.The city has received donations of benches and other park amenities over the years that have been appreciated but don’t necessarily match existing park features. That was why the board decided to look into a policy.Several opportunities are available to donate to city parks.Donations in any amount for general park and recreational purposes are always welcome.Park amenities, such as memorial and commemorative benches and picnic tables will be a set amount. Other donations for trail development, interpretive signs or markers and other park features will be subject to approval by the Parks and Beautification Board.Contact City Hall at 732-3163 for more information.In other business, the council:n Heard ideas for relocating the Red Bridge after a public meeting the week before.A community meeting was held and the overall consensus was to relocate the bridge in Red Bridge Park.The council did not take any action. Based on the recommendation of city staff, it will wait until the bridge is moved to determine the condition. It would be difficult to plan anything if the bridge didn’t survive the move, the council reasoned.n Recognized police officer Thomas Haag for 15 years of employment with the city of Park Rapids.n Approved a resolution for a Conditional Use Permit to allow outdoor sales for an existing 20 unit storage facility in the B-1 zoning district at 807 First Street West.n Awarded a bid for the 2013 Beach Road and Washington Avenue utility improvement project for Red Bridge Park to Feldt Pluming LP from Detroit Lakes. The low bid was $115,187.91, which was on target, said city engineer Brian Hiles.