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Downtown Pioneer Park landscaping begins

Shannon Henrickson directs Ethan Bozovsky in moving a boulder in Pioneer Park Thursday morning. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Landscaping work is about half completed for Phase I of a Pioneer Park improvement project in downtown Park Rapids.

Touch of Eden Landscaping owner Shannon Henrickson and Ethan Bozovsky have been placing raised rock boulders in the park this week as part of the improvement project approved by the Park Board and City Council.

Next week, he will continue adding deciduous and evergreen shrubs, perennials, trees, mulch and grass seed.

The cost of Phase I improvements approved were $16,850. Some plumbing and electrical work will be started but not completed until Phase II.

Funding for the project came from Park Land Dedication funds, which can only be used for landscaping and other improvements in city parks.

Landscaping improvements have been discussed for the Pioneer Park location for several years. The council previously expressed interest in having landscaping additions and a shelter in place before the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener next spring.

Rotary is interested in working with the city to purchase the shelter for the park as well but no decisions have been made.

City administrator Bill Smith said Phase I of the Pioneer Park project is on schedule to be completed by the end of next week.

Benches, decorative yard poles and luminaries to match Main Avenue and fencing are outlined in future phases of the project.