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Minot Park District Prepares For A Busy Summer

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Spring is in the air, and that's something more North Dakotans look forward to after the long winter. But for one Minot organization, that's the cue to kick work into over-drive.

Fishing ramps are out, people are walking through the parks and kids are back on playgrounds, all signs that spring is here. The warm weather months may be play time for many, but for the Minot Park District, that's when the hard work begins.

“Once we get into May, we're thinking about the actual summer. We start looking at our pool facilities and getting those ready to open up. So, we just go through a steady process of getting all of our facilities up and running,” says the Minot Park District Director Ron Merritt.

The district's staff has been spread out between the city's 20 plus parks, and they are working to clean the grounds, repaint buildings and repair the winter wear and tear. And there's always room for the public's help.

“That's something that people can help us with. They can come help pick up garbage or rake leaves in areas and bag them up. We can come pick the bags up. That helps us out a lot. We really appreciate it, and people seem to enjoy doing it,” says Merritt.

And it will be another summer of projects and construction. Work has started at Hammond Park, fences and basketball hoops have been taken down in preparation for the new tennis courts. At Maysa Arena, a new parking lot is set to be built along with the new mezzanine that will circle the main sheet of ice. These are just a few of the changes coming to Minot.

“Quality of life is what we do. We're trying to provide the things that people want. They come here with their families, they have the jobs, they've found a home, so they have a place to live, but what do you do when you're not working? That's where we come in,”  says Merritt.

From recovery, to building for the future, the last three years have been a long journey for the park district.

“We are still finishing up some projects related to the flood, but we've moved past it, we're doing a lot of new things. Things that needed to be put off for a little bit because of that situation, but now, we're getting back too. And also, some new things that weren't even on our plan just a few years ago because of the growth,” says Merritt.

Both the Souris Valley and Wee Links Golf Courses are now open for the season. The zoo is set to open next Saturday May 3, and the Roosevelt Park Pool will open later this summer.

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