Elk River Parks and Recreation

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Signature parks. Enhanced trail system. Art in the park. Connections to the river. These are some of the priorities for the future that are emerging as Elk River’s first parks and recreation master plan takes shape. The plan is still being drafted, but is expected to be ready for review [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Arts editor This being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic Ed Sullivan Show appearance that changed pop music forever, the Elk River Park and Rec staff made sure to include some Fab Four music in the Riverfront Concert Series. “Beatles music was big this year,” said Steve Benoit of Park [...]

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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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