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Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors awarded placemaking grant

The Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors has received a $1,600 placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors to help make the Bemidji community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant areas.

The grant is intended to help Realtor Associations partner with others to plan, organize,

implement and maintain place making activities in their communities

The Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors has donated the funds toward the

construction of the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground, a space accessible to people of all abilities. The Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground will have rubberized ground cover to allow any child or adult with mobility challenges the ability to reach all areas of the play structures. The city of Bemidji has committed to donating the space for the playground near the sculptures of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, while the Northwest Minnesota Foundation is administering the project fund.