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Nine Months after it was hit by vandals, Riverside Park has been given a facelift.

 

"Well it was an odd occurrence with the vandalism over there.  They actually lit the playground on fire, the plastic melted and it basically burnt to the ground," said Ron Merritt, Executive Director of the Minot Park District.  Nine months ago the playground at Riverside Park was destroyed by vandals.  Now, it's been given a facelift.  "We changed the location a little bit, and it's a little bit different than the one before.  Everything is brand new and up to date with safety codes and features, so it is a very nice playground," added Merritt.

 

The new $33,000 dollar playground was paid for, in large part, by an insurance claim made by the Park District.  They're excited to take a step forward at another park.  "Definitely feels good to accomplish something.  We still have work to do, but every project that we get done is one less that we have on our big flood recovery list," stated Merritt.  It took only two and a half days to install the new playground at Riverside, but other areas of the park like the grounds and tennis courts may take quite a few more days to fix up.  "We've got the tennis courts, something needs to be done there. And that's a budget item we're working on.  Same thing for the basketball courts, they both need work," said Brian Mathson, Maintenance Superintendent for the Minot Park District.  "The restroom still needs to be repaired, the doors have come in, so we'll replace those and paint it up and just put everything back together again, that was damaged by the flood," added Merritt.

 

While there is still work to be done, the Minot Park District realizes the importance of getting their facilities back up and running, to improve the quality of life in the Magic City.  "It's great for the neighborhoods, people there don't have to travel, they can just walk to them, ride their bikes to them.  The kids have a place to play, you're not in the big parks looking for a spot, and not having to wait as long for a turn on things.  It's great for the neighborhoods," said Mathson.  "It's another step in that direction of getting things back to the way they were," concluded Merritt.

 

The maintenance department is still tackling projects including ongoing repairs at Roosevelt Park Pool, zoo repairs, and putting the last touches on city baseball fields.

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