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Briefs: Doughboy Trail, park survey, dog park shelter

City workers lay gravel on what will become the Doughboy Trail connecting the north and south sides of the city. The trail is expected to be paved and completed in August. (Photo by Micheal Foley)1 / 2
Placards displaying QR codes adorn the Paperjack Park sign. Scanning the codes with a smartphone app accesses information about the park and a 10-question survey to provide feedback for the city’s Park Plan. (Photo by Micheal Foley)2 / 2

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: Doughboy Trail nearing completion

By sometime next month, the City of New Richmond will have a new trail linking the city’s north and south sides.

According to New Richmond Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt, city workers have been busy this summer working on the north side of the trail that will run from the Millpond dam along the Willow River behind Domain Inc. and connect to High Street.

“We’ve moved a little more dirt than we had initially planned,” Wendt said. “There was a hill we sort of took out on the back side of Domain just to make the grading, maintenance and mowing easier.”

Wendt said city crews had completed laying the sub-base for the trail and were just finishing the base in late June.

“We’re about 95 percent of the way to having it all graveled,” Wendt said. “Next steps will be getting electrical in there to do lights. Once they’ve got the underground stuff done, we should be able to get going on the paving.”


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: Take the parks survey

Park users may have noticed signs with odd-looking barcodes at various New Richmond parks lately. The barcodes are actually quick-response (QR) codes that can be scanned with a smartphone app to access information about the park and provide feedback for the city to incorporate into its Park Plan document.

“People can scan the code to get to a 10-question survey to give us a little feedback on the park system, what they like about it, what they’d like to see improved,” said Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt. “It’s similar to the feedback we were trying to get at the open house we had on June 11.”

Parks with QR code signage include Mary Park, Citizens Field, Hatfield Park, Freedom Park, Monette Park and Paperjack Park.

“We appreciate the feedback,” Wendt said.


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: New shelter coming to dog park

Like many other city parks, the New Richmond Area Off Leash Dog Park will soon have a shelter, thanks to materials and volunteer labor donated by local dog lovers.

“The shelter was initiated by the Friends of the Dog Park and Dr. John Swingle of Countryside Veterinary Clinic,” said Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt. “They are providing the materials and volunteer labor to put this shelter up at the dog park. What we’re doing from the city’s standpoint is grading the pad for the shelter, drilling and putting in the concrete piers. They’re kind of going to take it from there. It’s a neat cooperative effort between city staff, volunteers and the Friends of the Dog Park.”

The shelter is expected to be completed in time for the park’s one-year anniversary party at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: National Night Out poster contest

The City of New Richmond will hold a National Night Out gathering at Mary Park from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 5. At the New Richmond event, local fire, rescue, police and ambulance personnel will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.

As part of the event, the New Richmond Public Safety Committee has organized a poster contest for children ages 5 to 18. Entrants must be residents of the City of New Richmond.

The theme for the poster contest is “Safe City.” The poster must incorporate “New Richmond National Night Out” in the design, and the poster should reflect elements that make a neighborhood or city safe. Posters should fit on one 8.5-inch by 11-inch letter size piece of paper. Posters can be horizontally or vertically oriented.

Awards will be given according to the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18.

Entries can be submitted at the Friday Memorial Library until Aug. 1. One overall winning poster will be used as the official 2014 New Richmond National Night Out poster.

According to its website, National Night Out was established by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 as “an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

For updates about the New Richmond event, visit

Compiled by Micheal Foley