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Park Rapids Boys and Girls Club being explored

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A Boys and Girls Club could be coming to the Park Rapids area.

Mark Anderson shared the news at the Feb. 6 ACTION Park Rapids meeting. A 90-day work plan has begun.

“A couple of us were fortunate enough to go to the Detroit Lakes one last week, and we’re getting some things in motion,” he said. “It’s beautiful. They’re doing an unbelievable job. Basically, we’re looking at doing a community assessment. Obviously, we’ve had some initial discussions on a step by step timeline. It’s about an 18-month process, we’re thinking. If anyone else feels the need for this in town, get a hold of us because we’re going to need all the help we can get. We’re going to have a community forum and we’d love to have people come and help us out.”

Other ACTION Park Rapids project reports are as follows:

  • A multi-agency, free, family fun Bring Your Own Kid (BYOK) night is planned from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Park Rapids Area High School.

  • The Bullseye tool project that promotes self-regulation skills is being used with social services, the Better Connection and Kinship.

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) committee will be training local law enforcement agencies on ways to use this model in their jobs. The second annual ACEs summit will be held Oct. 9. More information will be shared in May.

  • The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations group is exploring a pilot program in Ottertail County that trains high school students to spot aquatic invasive species.

  • The Ojibwe Language Project will be placing signs at Itasca State Park.

  • A business person wants to help provide experiences for low-income youth, such as going to a Twins game or on a camping trip.

  • Increasing awareness of the Heartland Arts brand in the community will be done through the Enterprise “Art Beat” publication. In addition, all arts activities will be posted on the new Heartlandarts.org website so they are easily accessible.

  • The possibility of having “Met Opera HD” at Armory Arts and Events Center in the future will be explored. Paul Dove said New York Metropolitan Opera simulcasts could be viewed in the theater. The first step is an exploratory study to show what kind of infrastructure and broadband equipment would be needed to make this possible.

  • Phase three of the sculpture trail will be looking at new locations to place additional sculptures.

  • The Family Safety Network (formerly Headwaters Intervention Center) wants to expand awareness of the services they offer in the community. The Family Safety Network covers Hubbard, Cass and Clearwater counties and now has an office at Edgewater Plaza in Park Rapids.

  • U.S. Census 2020 complete count committee for the Heartland Lakes area is continuing to work on expanding awareness of the importance of reporting, hoping to increase participation from the 50 percent who took part in the last census.

  • Funding for a bike trail extension plan from Frazee to Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids to Osage and eventually to Moorhead is being explored.

  • The Heartland Lakes Volunteer website wants organizations to update information and post community needs.

Reports on 90-day plans are due on or before May 1. The goal of ACTION Park Rapids is to help the community create their future through strategic, collective and sustained civic effort and collaboration.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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