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City airport continues to grow

Park Rapids is looking into a long-term development plan for the city airport. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

The Park Rapids Municipal Airport continues to see increased traffic and will be receiving improvements and see expansion in the near future.

An agreement was passed at Tuesday’s Park Rapids City Council meeting for TKDA and Trillion Services to work on a development plan for the airport.

The airport now has a waiting list for additional hangar space. The city has had requests for additional hangars that aren’t offered now at the airport. A development plan will provide the city with the necessary information to make long range decisions at the airport.

Councilman Dave W. Konshok said the Airport Commission, in particular his father Dave Konshok, has been researching how other airports in the state are working on development agreements.

“It turns out a lot of cities are entering into long-term commercial leases,” he said.

Instead of simply building some new hangers, the Airport Commission wanted to have a more comprehensive plan so it can plan for expansion beyond the immediate needs.

Interim city administrator John McKinney also said it will help to have a company working on the plan who knows the industry. Trillion Services has experience in this area.

“It will give us a road map of how to work on the airport,” Konshok said. “… We really are talking about economic development.”

The council approved entering into the agreement with TKDA and Trillion Services to provide a development plan using up to $14,100 form liquor store reserves.

Beyond the future hanger development at the airport, the city is moving forward with a cross-way runway paving and lighting project later this summer.

Federal funding will pay for most of the project. Bids will be opened July 11 with construction likely beginning in late August.

The project is estimated to be completed in the spring of 2014.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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