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COLUMN: City campground, disc golf course, skate park may take shape in 2010

The Perham Parks and Recreation Board is stretching its dollars, and if there are enough nickels and dimes, laying around, the area may have a new RV campsite; a new memorial park; a "Frisbee" golf course; and a skateboard park-all within one year.

That's quite an accomplishment on a $10,000 annual budget.

The park board met this week to discuss 2010 plans, and it is an ambitious agenda indeed, especially in a time of economic distress.

Here's a glimpse of these projects one by one:

City campground

A long-desired campground site is in the works. The location will be in Arvig Park, probably near the Pioneer Village grounds. The city is looking into survey and site-planning work at no charge, by a MSCTC class. DNR park grants may be available, too. The key components needed are bathroom and wastewater facilities. Summer 2010 is perfect timing, as there are several events that will bring and keep people in the community for several weekends. Among those events: The Perham Sportsmen's Club Turtle Fest Fishing Tournament; the Historical Society's "Back to the 60's" party with the "Unbelievable Uglies;" and the Dreams for Kids-Make-A-Wish Foundation's annual bike run which, for the first year, will be headquartered at the Pioneer Village in Arvig Park.

Skateboard park

The promoters of a skateboard park have now raised in the neighborhood of $55,000. This is enough money to launch the park construction. Bids may be reviewed by the April Perham City Council meeting.

Thanks to dozens of donors and fundraisers, both large and small, the dedicated skateboard group has been a remarkable success.

Disc golf course

The park board is planning to allocate $3,000 toward a Frisbee-disc golf course, which would also be located in Arvig Park. Disc golf isn't necessarily a common, everyday pastime for folks in these parts, but once you try it-you'll like it. And, it is a low-maintenance, low-cost addition to the inventory of recreational options in the community.

Park plans

The park board is allocating $1,500 toward the "Jerome Boedigheimer Park," in honor of the late city councilman. In addition, $5,500 was allocated last year toward exercise equipment that will be installed along the bike path. Also, there is $1,500 set aside for an ornamental fountain in one of the ponds at the Happel Addition commercial area.

Reminder: Chocolate Saturday is coming

Perham merchants will be serving up goodies this Saturday in what has evolved into a popular retail promotion. "Chocolate Saturday" is Feb. 27, and those with sweet tooths won't want to miss it.