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Park Rapids parks surveyed

Depot Park's playground equipment is a favorite among kids.

A survey of Park Rapids parks shows overall satisfaction in the city’s amenities with a few requests for improvements.

Forrest Steinhoff, a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, interned with the city’s planning department this summer and completed a survey of the parks.

He surveyed participants at the city’s parks and created an online survey. Close to 100 people completed a survey between in-person and online feedback.

Participants were asked about Deane Point, Depot Park, Heartland Park, Lindquist Park, Red Bridge Park and Rice Park. Heartland Park is county-owned but was surveyed as well.

Steinhoff discovered each park has its own draw.

Deane Point has water access. Depot has a special theme and equipment that parents and kids enjoy. Heartland Park is convenient and easy to walk to with the trail. Lindquist has a great playground and is shaded. Red Bridge is a great place for relaxing and feeding birds and Rice has a fishing spot.

A quarter of the people who responded said the biggest reason they use the parks is for the play equipment. Relaxation and scenery came in second and third.

“A lot of people would like more drinking fountains and bathrooms,” he said.

Overall, though, people were satisfied with the parks and thought they were well maintained.

In other business, the council:

n Heard that a 2014 preliminary budget will be presented at the Tuesday, Sept. 10 council meeting.

n Purchased property from the Rivers Edge Condominium Association to facilitate the Heartland Trail extension along Beach Road.

The purchase of 1,600 square feet (8 feet by 200 feet) was appraised at $8,000.

n Heard trees were starting to be removed from the Park Rapids Municipal Airport as part of the cross-wind runway project.

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