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Editorial: Let's continue to grow in Park Rapids

Great things are happening in the city of Park Rapids.

Look around. You can't miss it.

It started years ago when an idea was brought to the table for a downtown revitalization initiative. While it started as just a plan, it came to fruition with a major two-year infrastructure project.

Downtown business owners stepped up and spruced up their storefronts and brought energy to Main street.

The flowers in downtown and along Highway 34 are beautiful and are being noticed by tourists from out of town who are often contacting the Enterprise to inquire about them.

The parks are looking great as well. Pioneer Park in downtown is being landscaped and Rice Park near the dam has had improvements. Lindquist Park near the nursing home has seen improvements over the last few years and is getting a new shelter yet this fall. Red Bridge Park will also be seeing improvements in the future as that area becomes the entrance to the Heartland Trail.

Beyond aesthetics, Park Rapids is also growing.

The Armory project is moving forward and a Northern Light Opera Co. is having a performance Sept. 22 to test out the acoustics. The recent announcement that a new dialysis center will be constructed in Park Rapids benefits everyone.

A plan to develop a recreation center for youth in Park Rapids is also underway. "The Wreck" will fill a much-needed void in the community.

The Hubbard in Prevention youth alcohol prevention coalition is moving along with its initiative to curb youth alcohol consumption. We'll see members out in the community creating change.

A group of committed volunteers is also preparing the community to host the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase Park Rapids. The event will certainly boost future tourism in our area.

Kudos. Let's not stop now but continue with this momentum. Just imagine where we'll be in 10 years.