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Community Builder: Fargo Park District

About Fargo Park District

Since 1910, the Fargo Park District has been dedicated to providing quality recreational and leisure services at an affordable price to improve the quality of life for all residents of Fargo and surrounding areas. With over 2,800 acres of land, the Fargo Park District takes pride in planting and maintaining the beautiful green spaces and facilities in the city, including numerous parks, trails, complexes, golf courses, and the campground along the Red River. The impact of the Fargo Park District goes far beyond green grass, offering over 1,000 programs and over 70 special events for the community to take part in and enjoy!

The Fargo Park District has an elected committee of five board members. Members meet both in small committees and monthly as an entire board, where they discuss current issues facing the district and establish district policies.

Did you know?
40.59 acres of Island Park was transferred to the Fargo Park District at the board’s first meeting in 1910, making it the first official park for the district. Now, the park district operates over 150 parks, 2,800 acres of land, and 124 miles of trails!

What are they hosting?

While keeping up the picturesque green areas dedicated to parks land around the city, Fargo Parks also hosts the Midwest Kid Fest! Featuring anything from a Teddy Bear Parade, to live music and entertainment, inflatables, a petting zoo, and so much more, this is an annual celebration for many in the community. They are also behind the Island Park Show and many of the beloved Broadway Square events.

Midwest Kid Fest

New at this year’s Midwest Kid Fest was the sensory-friendly area featuring sensory toys and activities from Leika Sensory Creations!

By organizing and supporting such events, Fargo Parks strengthens the fabric of the community, enhances the quality of life, and leaves a lasting positive impact on its residents. And last but not least, almost every event is free and open to the community to attend."

Why is this important?

Through its community events, Fargo Parks offers an opportunity for the public to engage in social spaces, build relationships, and participate in cultural exchange.

“Fargo Parks events hold significant importance within the community as they foster a sense of unity, engagement, and well-being among its residents,” the Fargo Parks team said. “These events serve as platforms for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate shared interests and passions.”

What has happened?

What has happened? “We continue to strengthen our community by providing events for all types of interest to attend. The work we do is a source of positive economic benefits,” they said. “Parks enhance property values, increase municipal revenue, bring in homebuyers and workers, and attract retirees.”

At these events, local makers, musicians, and entrepreneurs present talents and skills, not only reflecting on the economic growth but also building respect and honor for the community’s creatives.

“Moreover, Fargo Parks events promote active lifestyles and outdoor recreation, encouraging residents to embrace nature, exercise, and appreciate the abundant beauty of their surroundings,” the team said.

Events

Neighborhood Sport Series

Tuesday, July 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Madison Park & Bicycle
Playground, 3010 11th Avenue N

Stop by a neighborhood Fargo park during a summer afternoon and enjoy a few hours with friends for fun games like football or foursquare. This event aims to create a safe and fun environment where children can develop their athletic skills, build confidence, and foster teamwork, catering to children of all ages and skill levels, and providing a wide range of sports options. This free event series is a wonderful example of how a community can come together to provide opportunities for all children. By empowering children through sports, it can help to develop valuable life skills and provide a foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Activities include:
• Football toss
• Free throw challenge
• Four-square
• Tri-City United free soccer camp
• Courts Plus youth fitness class
• Make your own jersey (includes Fargo Park District T-shirt)
• Snack on Freezie Pops

Yoga in the Park

Wednesdays, June–Aug 9, 6-7 p.m.
Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St S

Join in on a series of rejuvenating yoga sessions in the beautiful outdoors at Rheault Farm. Bring your yoga mat and stretch, breathe, and connect with nature. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, unwind and recharge in 60-minute classes led by a certified instructor through the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties and Courts Plus Community Fitness. Admission is a free-will donation, a minimum of $5 is suggested, and no pre-registration is required. All donations from Yoga in the Park events will benefit United Way and Livestrong.

Park It!

Thursday, July 27, 1-4 p.m.
Roosevelt Park, 1220 9th St N

Park It! is a free art-in-the-park series for kids, where they can meet the art staff at a different park each time, to create arts and crafts to take home. You and your little ones can get outside, connect with nature, meet up with some friends, and express creativity! All materials will be provided, and experienced art instructors will be on hand to guide the kids. Adult supervision is required.

2018 Kickball Frostival

Events

Movies in the Park

Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.
Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St S

Enjoy the movie “The Goonies” with the whole family in the park. Pack blankets and chairs for your movie-watching experience. Movies are shown at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

Park it!

Thursday, August 3, 1-4 p.m.
Centennial Park, 4101 25th St

Park It! is a free art-in-the-park series for kids, where they can meet the art staff at a different park each time, to create arts and crafts to take home. You and your little ones can get outside, connect with nature, meet up with some friends, and express creativity! All materials will be provided, and experienced art instructors will be on hand to guide the kids. Adult supervision is required.

Movies in the Park

Thursday, August 3, 8:30 p.m.
Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St S

Enjoy the movie “The Incredibles” with the whole family in the park. Pack blankets and chairs for your movie-watching experience. Movies are shown at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

Weekly Wellness at The Square

Broadway Square
201 Broadway N

Join us ar Broadway Square as we partner with Courts Plus Community Fitness, Downtown Yoga Fargo, and YMCA instructors to provide a variety of wellness classes throughout the summer!

Yoga at the Square

Most summer Mondays (12 & 5:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (12 p.m.)
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

As part of the Weekly Wellness at The Square, head downtown for a blissful outdoor yoga session at the vibrant heart of the city. These yoga classes are designed for people of all fitness and experience levels and aim to improve mind, body, and life.

XaBeat at The Square

Most Sundays (6 p.m.)
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

As part of the Weekly Wellness at The Square, unleash your inner rhythm and experience a high-energy dance extravaganza! XaBeat, taught by Courts Plus instructors, is an upbeat dance class that burns calories. This class takes the latest music and turns your workout into a party, for all levels of dance or fitness.

Zumba at The Square

Most Wednesdays (5:30 p.m.)
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

As part of the Weekly Wellness at The Square; shake, move, and groove your way to fitness through the beats of Zumba! Taught by YMCA instructors, this class is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness—cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and high spirits each time you leave class.

Music at The Square

Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m.
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

The Music at The Square series is back—bring your blankets and stretch out on the leisure lawn, or use one of the many cafe tables and chairs around The Square while you enjoy snacks, beverages, and live music in the heart of downtown Fargo.

Movies at The Square

Most Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m.
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

Come together and settle on the lawn with your blankets or at the cafe seating in front of the Midco Mega Screen at Broadway Square. Enjoy snacks and a memorable movie night in the heart of downtown Fargo.

Gaming Days

August 6 & September 10
Broadway Square 201 Broadway N

Bring your A-game to Broadway Square’s monthly summer Gaming Days and challenge a competitor to a new or old favorite game! Through a partnership with Replay Games, you’ll see friendly faces at these events

Written by Brady Drake

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