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Published August 07, 2013, 10:32 AM

East Grand Forks park plans shelved

East Grand Forks developers will need to find something else to attract neighborhood growth on the city’s north end, as the City Council voted against allocating funds to design a new park.

By: Robb Jeffries, Grand Forks Herald

East Grand Forks developers will need to find something else to attract neighborhood growth on the city’s north end, as the City Council voted against allocating funds to design a new park.

Council member Henry Tweten, who proposed the project, envisioned a more than 20-acre park with athletic fields, state-of-the-art playground equipment and a nature reserve that could be used for academic purposes.

A tight budget and a list of other projects had council member Mark Olstad backing away from supporting a new park — for now.

“I don’t deny that this is something we should look at in the future, but I’m not there at this moment,” he said.

Olstad said projects like repairing roads and the city pool should be higher priorities than a new park.

Moving forward with the planning sooner rather than later would help stimulate growth north of 23rd Street Northwest, the city’s northernmost thoroughfare, Tweten said.

Others did not agree.

“I think we can put the white pins out there and tell people if they want to build out there, they can build next to where a park will be, eventually,” Mayor Lynn Stauss said.

The motion to allocate money to designing the park failed 2-5, with Tweten and council member Chad Grassel voting in favor of the funding.

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