Williston Parks and Rec makes big plans for city

WILLISTON, N.D. - With the rapid growth of Williston, the city and the Parks and Recreation District are getting the ball rolling on plans that will give locals more to do throughout town as well as create more incentive to move to Williston.

Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation District Jeremy Ludlum says that when people talk about places they want to move, besides considering the school system, hospitals, housing and crime rate, they consider recreation.

"One of the first things that always comes up is a good trail system. We have an okay trail system, but we have a lot of potential for growth," said Williston Parks and Rec Assistant Director Jeremy Ludlum.

The proposed trail they are working on getting funded will span about 2 miles west of town. The project will cost about $2 million, and they have already applied for a transportation alternative program federal grant worth up to $290,000.

"I feel really good that we will get some money, and I'm hoping that we get all $290,000 and then at the same time we will start applying for other grants and do other fundraising," said Ludlum.

In the future Parks and Rec hopes to add shelters, a dog park, outdoor exercise equipment, and outdoor education opportunities for groups like the Boy Scouts.

The Parks and Recreation District is looking for people in the community to get involved. Within the next few months, their plan is to promote a trails committee consisting of community members who will help make decisions having to do with the trail systems.

If you are interested in joining you can email Jeremy Ludlum or call the Williston Recreation Center Office.