Maplewood Park, 1504 17th Ave. E., is open to the public after undergoing renovations starting this spring.
The Park District added an inclusive and accessible 12,000 square foot rubber coated playground as well as a 4000 square foot obstacle course, washrooms with drinking fountains, two open shelters and two renovated ice rinks, one of which will be equipped for pickleball in hot weather.
Maplewood Park is a 10-acre park that was created and developed by the West Fargo Park District in the early 1990s. It joins the city’s oldest parks, Elmwood and Rendezvous Park.
“The location and ease of access to Maplewood Park makes this site ideal for these exciting developments and improvements,” said General Manager Barb Erbstoesser.
The outdoor obstacle course is similar to a Ninja challenge course.
The parking area has also been enlarged and new hiking and cycling trails have been installed. The famous toboggan hill remains in the middle of the park.
No changes have been made to the activity center or the veterans memorial located in Maplewood Park.
Erbstoesser said the $ 2.6 million renovation project was paid for in part with a Garrison Diversion Conservancy grant of $ 202,300 that the district received from the state. The remainder of the funding came from the general Park District budget. No special contribution was used.
“We do not specifically evaluate improvements to Maplewood, and improvements are paid for through our general budget, which means this is a planned expense through what we receive from our. general royalty to the plant, ”Erbstoesser said.
The Park District has worked in recent years to continue modernizing older parks, especially those north of Interstate 94, as the city continues to grow on the south side.
Along with Maplewood Park, the district has worked on improving Elmwood Road, Service Club Park, Meadowridge Park and plans to perform maintenance on Rendezveous Park in the future.
However, the park improvements did not affect the district budget. Instead, the preparation of other special assessments had the greatest impact. Earlier this year, Park District CFO Justin Germundson said that after a number of years of keeping its factory tax stable, the district is planning an increase in 2022 to pay a hefty bill for special evaluation of the Sheyenne Street project.
“We’ve done all of these big plans, and basically it’s time to start paying for them,” he said.
The plant increase means that taxes on a home worth about $ 100,000 will increase by about $ 18, provided the home does not increase in value, Germundson said.