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Our View: City's new park plan a valuable document

The City of New Richmond put on a party — complete with disc golf, pickleball and free root beer floats — to unveil its new park plan. After our initial review of the document, we understand why.

The 61-page document has plenty to offer in terms of the past, the present and the future.

For history lovers, the city enlisted the help of Mary and Irv Sather from the New Richmond Heritage Center to ensure each of the 25 park listings included any historically pertinent information about the park and who it is named for.

For example, L.G. Peterson Park, located in the 800 block of West Fourth Street, was named in 1987 in honor of former New Richmond Mayor Leonard Peterson.

For today’s park user, the plan includes a thorough listing of each park’s amenities. For example, many people know Mary Park is a crown jewel when it comes to local parks, but did you know that among its amenities are playground equipment; shelters; tennis, basketball and pickleball courts; a fishing pier and a boat launch?

For those who look toward to the future of New Richmond, the plan also lists its many opportunities for future projects and amenities. It even breaks it into short-range, long-range and ongoing lists, and it identifies possible funding sources.

For example, the partially developed regional park on the city’s north side called Freedom Park, has a lengthy list of more than a dozen items the city hopes to add to the park in coming years. Some of those items are a loop trail surrounding the entire 105-acre park, new tennis courts and horseshoe pits, a new disc golf course, a tent camping area, new picnic tables and grills, and new playground equipment.

With this kind of dedication to parks and green spaces, it’s clear to see that New Richmond is committed to remaining The City Beautiful.