Sartell Puts Focus on Park Upgrades As People Get Outside More

SARTELL — The COVID-19 pandemic has created a excessive quantity of residents getting out and having fun with lots of our native parks and trails.

The rise in foot site visitors has sparked metropolis officers to look into improving their park methods quicker than anticipated.

Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum says on Monday the council accepted including a brand new full court docket basketball court docket to Val Smith Park, just like those at The Wilds and Watab Parks.

He provides the deliberate fats tire bike course at Sauk River Regional Park can be one other engaging function.

We’re within the design section of it now. I might anticipate that course of will take us by 2020. Then within the spring I might anticipate building taking place of a number of the new facilities, with hopes of opening by mid-summer of 2021.

Together with the bike path, town plans so as to add a patio space down by the river together with a couple of different path enhancements.

Fitzthum says they hope to companion with St. Cloud to increase the bike path over the river to essentially capitalize on what the park has to supply.

As for Watab Park, that space has been underneath building this summer season as upgrades had been deliberate previous to the pandemic.

Fitzthum says the brand new playground is sort of accomplished, and the brand new splash pad needs to be put in within the subsequent few months.

There must be a curbing put in, some closing grading and putting in the wooden chips after which it is able to go. We all know the splash pad and shelter has a strategy to go but. That can be achieved by October however will not formally open till Spring.

He says they’re additionally including a motorbike path alongside Riverside Avenue, when the street is schedule for reconstruction, to attach Watab Park to the opposite path methods throughout the group.

In whole, Fitzthum says they’ve invested over $1-million the final two years into Watab Park with a brand new shelter, playground, courts and splash pad for individuals to take pleasure in.

Sauk Rapids can also be in the midst of a major park renovation project.