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Park Rapids downtown wins mention for unique concrete

Park Rapids Mayor Pat Mikesh and engineer Brian Hiles pose with the award the city won for its downtown project, completed in 2011. It contained decorative concrete work, which was recognized as unique. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

The Park Rapids downtown reconstruction project received a Merit Award from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

and the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota.

Ulteig Engineer Brian Hiles recently accepted the award at the CPAM annual concrete paving awards banquet March 14. He told the Park Rapids City Council about the award at Tuesday’s meeting.

“This project revitalized the downtown area of Park Rapids,” Hiles said. “All who were involved in the project are extremely proud of the finished product. The concrete work is very unique and, as a result was recognized, by both MnDOT and CPAM.”

As a local award winner, the project is eligible for a national American Concrete Pavement Association Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award.

The project involved utility replacement and street and sidewalk reconstruction on Main Avenue in Park Rapids. Streetscapes ranging from plantings to decorative concrete were included in the reconstruction to improve the image of downtown.

The project also earned Ulteig an honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of


In other business, the council:

n Heard that the Park Rapids Fire Department is hosting a controlled burn of two houses Saturday, April 20.

The houses are located on Highway 71, just east of the dialysis center, which is under construction. The burn is part of the construction plan that will include a parking lot.

n Approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow a 29-unit apartment building with detached garage units on Pleasant Avenue south.

n Approved the preliminary and final plat for the McGrane Third Addition on Pleasant Avenue.

n Approved a first reading of an ordinance to rezone land to R-3 along Pleasant Avenue.

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