体育彩票365aqqthe park rapids parks and beautification board decided monday how to deal with damage to the musical sculptures in pioneer park.

体育彩票365aqqone of the notes of a xylophone-like instrument made of pvc pipes and played with flip-flops, and a note on one of two metal chime instruments designed to be struck with rubber mallets, were damaged in august or early september.

the instruments were created by boy scout parker harmon as part of his eagle scout project. harmon installed them on june 26, with the help of city maintenance staff and fellow members of boy scouts troop 56 of nevis.

体育彩票365aqqin addition to the broken notes, parks board chair sue cutler described the paint on the metal chimes as “quite chipped.” she suggested replacing the rubber mallets with wooden spoons to minimize further damage.

体育彩票365aqqit is unclear whether the damage was caused by rough use or unforeseen wear. board members discussed the feasibility of monitoring the park with security cameras, but tabled that discussion for a later meeting.

体育彩票365aqqcity planner andrew mack said it appears that the broken metal chime was struck on the weld, where it was weakest. he agreed to return the metal mallets to harmon.

体育彩票365aqqharmon said the pvc instrument can be repaired, but the metal sculpture most likely is not repairable. he said he will call on his scouting friends to help remove it, and his family will keep it in case they need to use parts of it to repair the remaining metal sculpture.

cutler voiced regret that harmon’s sculptures were not vandal-resistant. “things are really subject to vandalism,” she said. “i think it maybe would have been better if you’d worked with a company that manufactures the type of thing you made.”

a motion by cutler to remove the irreparably damaged sculpture passed without dissent.

CIP priorities

体育彩票365aqqthe parks board reviewed park improvement priorities for the city’s 2021-25 capital improvement plan (cip).

after some discussion, board member liz smith moved to set the priorities as follows, starting with the highest priority:

  1. replacing the depot park tennis courts.

  2. 体育彩票365aqqreplacing the deane park pavilion.

  3. adding a “splash pad” water feature to depot park.

  4. 体育彩票365aqqimproving kaywood park.

  5. improving rice park.

体育彩票365aqqfurther down in priority, and most likely outside the five-year time range of the cip, cutler also identified a second phase of deane park improvements.

discussion also touched on a new park dedicated by the developers of the meadowview apartments. cutler said she feels the east side of the city is under-served with regard to parks.

the board members consented to asking board member bruce johnson to resign, because his work has prevented him from attending meetings.

体育彩票365aqqmack noted that johnson’s absences have been excused, but added, “i did speak to bruce, and he was questioning whether he really has the time to do this.” he suggested that johnson would not object if mack asked him to resign.

“personally, i think that would be good,” said cutler. “we need people who are going to be here.”

体育彩票365aqqin other business:

  • 体育彩票365aqqcutler reported that she, mack, and park rapids tennis association pres. kathy peterson had a very positive meeting at depot park with a grant specialist with the minnesota dnr regarding the city’s chances of receiving a land and water conservation (lawcon) grant.

  • 体育彩票365aqqboard member barb thomason said they are waiting for the grant to open up for 2021 so they can reapply for the lawcon grant and begin fundraising for the local match on the tennis courts project.

  • 体育彩票365aqqmack reported meeting with the forest riders atv club, who plan to make a presentation at the parks board’s next meeting about including their atv trail in the city’s comprehensive parks and trails plan. board members also discussed strategies for getting public input on the plan.

  • liz smith reported that the city council will be asked to authorize a grant application to acquire the “ant-venture” sculpture as a permanent exhibit. smith called the $2,500 grant “seed money” for the project.

体育彩票365aqqthe parks board’s next meeting is scheduled for noon on monday, nov. 9 at city hall.