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City Park plan to be presented to Bemidji City Council

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The final concept plan for Bemidji City Park will be presented to the Bemidji City Council during its work session Monday.

The council will convene at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall.

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City Park is the next park slated to undergo renovations through use of the city's half-cent sales tax.

City Park was established in 1965, according to the history included in Monday's council packet. It has been developed for more organized athletic recreation. City Park, located adjacent and behind Neilson-Reise Arena, is a total of 80 acres.

Plans for the improved park include a four-field softball complex, a skate park, an 18-hole disc golf course, a new outdoor hockey rink and trail improvements. Sand volleyball courts, addedplay and picnic areas, and improved cross-country ski trails also have been proposed.

Carrington Field, the No. 2 field for the Bemidji Baseball Association, has been proposed to be removed from City Park. The city's Parks and Trails Commission has recommended instead that $350,000 in sales-tax funds be used to help pay for the field's relocation.

The projected cost of the City Park project is $4.14 million, which includes 30 percent for contingency and professional services, and the contribution for Carrington Field.

Other agenda items

Also on the agenda are an update on the Lake Bemidji West Shore Trail, and discussion of the painting bid submitted for the Bemidji regional events center.

The City Council last week voted to delay approving the painting bid for the events center after a member of the public voiced concern.

Six bids were received for the painting work - the lowest was from Jari Pederson & Sons Inc. of Grand Forks, N.D., for $298,000. The bid was $122,850 less than the second lowest bidder, Davis Drywall Inc. The estimate for the work was $585,680.

BEDA land offer

The council will convene as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority following the work session to consider an offer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for land along the south shore of Lake Bemidji.

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