Nevis Council forming skate park committee

"Helpful" details on Liam Gustafson's skate park proposal prompt council members move the project forward.

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In the first of four locations proposed by Liam Gustafson at the Nevis City Council's Nov. 14, 2022 meeting, a skate park would be located in a city-owned parcel immediately south of Nevis's ice skating rink.
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The Nevis City Council kept the wheel rolling Monday on a local youngster’s dream of creating a skate park in the community.

Leshovsky reported that Heidi Gustafson submitted additional information about son Liam’s skate park proposal.

Leshovsky said Gustafson’s “Skatepark Q&A” was very helpful, but more work remained to be done. She called for a committee, including members of the community, to carry the process forward. Council member Ryan Mathisrud volunteered to serve on the committee.

Included in the council packet, the Q&A states:

  • Maintenance would be limited to trash cleanup and bathroom or porta-potty maintenance, if any. The concrete structure would be expected to last 20-30 years.
  • According to the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, there would be no liability premium hike for the skate park, provided the maximum height was below 6 feet and the facility is listed in the city’s policy.
  • The exact design would likely come after the project is funded and a bid is awarded to a design-build contractor.
  • Fundraising should be led by a user group external to the city, working alongside the city’s parks department.

In addition, Gustafson submitted four concept designs based on different possible locations, including portions of one or two lots at the bottom of the sledding hill south of Village Road, part of the green space north of the city cemetery and DNR land adjacent to the Heartland Trail.
Noting pros and cons of each option, Gustafson’s letter acknowledged that the last option would also require a joint powers agreement with the DNR.


Interim fire chief Josh Winter discussed the department's equipment and gear needs with the city council on Nov. 14.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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