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Improvement plan selected for Perham parks

At the Perham City Council meeting Nov. 8, the Hagstrom Engineering Parks Master Plan was given the green light. City Manager Jonathan Smith had recommended this plan due to its concentration on public engagement and input.

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Arvig Park is one of multiple parks in Perham that will be reviewed and potentially improved upon as part of the city's plans. (Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus)

Perham city leaders recently decided that planned improvements at multiple area parks should all be included in a single master plan, and this week they decided on which plan to move forward with.

In October, the city council received six proposed plans from different consultants, and the Park Board later narrowed these down to two: the plans from Hagstrom Engineering and Widseth.

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At a council meeting Nov. 8, the Hagstrom Engineering Parks Master Plan was given the green light. City Manager Jonathan Smith had recommended this plan due to its concentration on public engagement and input. It includes multiple methods by which the city will be able to survey the Perham area community to determine what they want to see in their parks.

The Hagstrom plan is broken down into five basic steps:

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  1. Update the current park inventory and provide a conditions report for existing parks, facilities and dedicated land.
  2. Determine the desired future of the community parks by providing a strategy for public engagement.
  3. Determine the current and future needs within the park system and prioritize future improvements.
  4. Develop a revised set of goals and strategies to serve as a policy for achieving the vision.
  5. Deliver a final Parks Master Plan.

The full plan can be found on the city of Perham's website under the City Council's current agenda, linked in item 7B.

Smith advises residents to keep an eye out for future communications about opportunities for public input.

Other items discussed at the meeting:

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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