by Joni Astrup
Trott Brook Farms Park in Elk River will get a new basketball court and some trees, thanks to two donations.
The Trout Brook Farms Homeowners Association is donating $61,341 to the city to install a full-size 60-by-94-foot basketball court with lights at the park. The court’s green surface will have white lines painted for the basketball court as well as for hopscotch and foursquare. A drinking fountain will also be installed.
The park is located at Trott Brook Parkway and 182nd Avenue.
Dan Garvey of the homeowners association board was at the Monday, April 16, Elk River City Council meeting, where the council passed a resolution acknowledging the donation. There are 337 single-family homes in the Trout Brook Homeowners Association.
Mayor John Dietz thanked Garvey and the association for the “significant” donation.
“The city certainly appreciates your efforts with this,” Dietz said.
In another Trott Brook Farms Park-related donation, the Elk River Lions Club has donated 25 trees to the city, along with the pledge to water and take care of them for the first year.
Most of the trees will be planted in Trott Brook Farms Park, according to Lion Harold Gramstad. Planting is to begin Friday, April 20. The species are emerald maple, northern acclaim honey locust, robusta poplar and American linden.
The tree program was started by the Lions Club International president, who challenged each local club to plant more trees in their community.
Several members of the Lions Club attended the Monday, April 16, City Council meeting, where the council approved a motion acknowledging the donation. In addition to Gramstad, Lions in attendance were Don McRae, Don Ladd, Tony Mikols and Jim Mulroy.
“Thank you very much, Lions. (We) appreciate all you do for the community,” Dietz told them.