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Letter: Thanks to all Rotary fitness park supporters

The Rotary Fitness Park at Century School is at rest for the winter. The goal of this project is to promote community health and wellness and to become well used by students, families and area residents. A dedication is planned in the spring, but in the meantime, the Park Rapids Rotary Club wishes to thank all those involved in helping make this project a success.

Financial contributions from Arvig, Citizens National Bank, Enbridge, Hewitt Family Foundation/Northwoods Bank, CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Thielen Motors were instrumental in getting this project funded.

We thank and appreciate the Park Rapids Area School for providing insurance and maintenance as well as use of the school’s land. The club also thanks Molly Aukes for following up on her idea for a fitness park and for supporting Century School gym classes in using the equipment. CHI St. Joseph’s Health also has supported usage with their MOVE classes and for personal training.

The club thanks the Rotary District 5580 grant committee for approving a $5,000 grant, Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for approving a $1,000 grant, Diane Brophy for her help with the application of the SHIP grant, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation for handling tax-deductible donations and Scott Hewitt, club treasurer, for handling the financials to meet Rotary District grant qualifications.

Contractors who did a superb job creating the Fitness Park were Sanquist Construction, who did the ground prep and generously donated the dirt; Danny’s Masonry, who did the cement work; and Midwest Playscapes, who provided the equipment. This fall, Roger Plumley spread dirt in the area around the park for landscaping and Park Ace Hardware donated grass and hay.

Ron Schrader has designed signage for the park and installed it. Tim Meyers SignSource, Bemidji, produced the signage.

Lastly, the club thanks the Park Rapids Enterprise for helping promote the park with a very nice article on its installation and usage.

Matt Kaufenberg

Rotary Fitness Park

Committee Chair