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New city parks

For a man who planted an estimated 1,000 trees in Perham, a memorial park with numerous varieties of trees would be a fitting tribute.

"Jerome Boedigheimer Park" has been officially dedicated by the city council and the Parks and Recreations Board.

The location is a 150 by 300 foot strip of wooded buffer, between Coney Street and the Minnesota Department of Transportation facility--just east of the Rotary Club's "Welcome to Perham" sign. The wooded park will provide some welcome green space between the rapidly developing commercial area around Dean's Country Market and the future commercial development.

Councilman Jim Johnson, at the August 11 city council meeting, said the park board envisioned a "plantation of a multitude of different trees," with a number of different varieties planted on an ongoing basis.

The goal is minimum maintenance, with little development beyond some picnic tables and a small shelter. The park would not be intended as a heavily-used site and probably won't even include a parking area--as that would require the removal of too many trees.

The site was one of the locations considered for a veterans memorial, but later abandoned. City officials generally believed the area would not accommodate a more intense park development--with a memorial structure, parking and street access.

At Boedigheimer Park, the stand of trees will be minimally developed.

The council voted unanimously to designate the location as "Jerome Boedigheimer Park."

Tree seedlings from Arvig Park to be sold as fundraiser

In other park board related matters, on July 29, the park board granted approval for the sale of tree seedlings from Arvig Park as a fundraiser to repair the roof on the Grandview Heights Ballroom, at the Pioneer Grounds. Two dollars of each sale will also go to the park and recreation fund.

St. Henry's playground request denied

A request from St. Henry's Area School for a city contribution to playground equipment was denied by the park board due to limited funds.

"Adopt-a-City-Park" program discussed by park board

The park board has been discussing the idea of civic organizations adopting city parks, similar to the state and county "Adopt-A-Highway" program.

The civic groups that "adopt" a park would be responsible for maintaining park fixtures and equipment; and purchasing new equipment.

The matter will be discussed further at the park board meeting in late August.