Elk River Parks and Recreation

Work continues on the process of drafting an Elk River Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The plan is scheduled to be completed in October. A community open house is set for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Elk River City Hall, 13065 Orono Parkway. Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker said the open house will [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor An enhanced recreational trail system has emerged as one of the priorities of people who completed a recent Elk River parks survey. Results from the survey that was randomly mailed to 3,100 residents in March indicated that Elk River residents are highly satisfied with the city’s parks and recreation system. [...]

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Elk River Parks and Recreation staff, along with their planning consultant, Hoisington Koegler Group Inc., met Monday, May 5, with area artists and stakeholders to discuss the role of public art in the community. The meeting resulted in identifying goals, strategies, themes, potential locations and partnership opportunities. Representatives from the Elk River Area Arts Alliance, [...]

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Dave Anderson has been re-elected chair of the Elk River Parks and Recreation Commission for 2014. Mark Ahlness was re-elected vice chair. They were chosen in a vote by the commission on March 12.  

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Michael Hecker, Elk River’s parks and recreation director, has been featured in the “Up on Play” publication. In the question and answer format, Hecker talks about his career, some of his favorite parks and recreation initiatives and changes in the field. In other park-related news, Elk River’s new destination playground at Orono Park is pictured [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor About 3,000 parks and recreation community surveys will mailed out soon to randomly selected homeowners and renters in Elk River. Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker said if people get a survey, he encourages them to fill it out and return it. The city needs to get least 400 back [...]

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by Margie Church Special to the Star News After a recent Elk River Park and Recreation Commission meeting, Chairman Dave Anderson beamed. Five area Boy Scouts had just delivered their presentations describing their Eagle Scout projects that collectively transformed the Woodland Trails winter walking trail system into a destination. To earn Eagle Scout, the highest [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Dave Anderson, who has been a key figure in the development and maintenance of parks in Elk River, is the city’s Volunteer of the Month for November. He was honored at Monday’s Elk River City Council meeting. “The term ‘volunteer’ doesn’t seem to really cover all the things he’s done,” [...]

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