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Published May 08, 2013, 10:16 AM

Big park projects in the works for Grand Forks

Nine Grand Forks Park District projects totaling about $1.4 million are scheduled to be done this year. The most expensive job is a $640,000 repair of Eagles Arena, an ice rink that serves Red River High School hockey, figure skaters and Mites, hockey players ages 7-8.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

Nine Grand Forks Park District projects totaling about $1.4 million are scheduled to be done this year.

The most expensive job is a $640,000 repair of Eagles Arena, an ice rink that serves Red River High School hockey, figure skaters and Mites, hockey players ages 7-8.

The job is tearing out the floor, which has experienced heaving, and installing new concrete for a facility that was built in 1985.

“Our fear was that it would break down completely during the season and the kids would be without a practice site,” Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of parks and recreation, said of the arena located near Red River High School.

Three other projects will be built on the grounds outside Choice Health & Fitness. The projects are a tennis complex of six courts at a cost of $250,000, a $225,000 spray park for young children and $10,000 for playground equipment.

At Masonic Park, the $175,000 in improvements will include a parking lot, playground equipment and a picnic shelter.

Palmiscno said there is also a chance that work could begin this year on a proposed two-rink hockey facility that would be home for youth tournaments. Fund-raisers are nearing $5 million in verbal commitments, he said. The project is still seeking a $2 million donor who would get arena naming rights and a $500,000 donor for naming for the second ice sheet.

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