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Future Plans For Waite Park’s River’s Edge Park [VIDEO]

Ashli Gerdes, WJON News

WAITE PARK — The Waite Park Park Board is in the beginning stages of brainstorming ideas to renovate River’s Edge Park. The city plans to use half-cent sales tax dollars to extend the parking lot between the splash pad and the Babe Ruth baseball fields.

Public Works Director Bill Schluenz says in the summertime it can be difficult to find parking. The park board has also discussed the option of extending the Lake Wobegon Trail.

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They hope build an additional walking trail and wrap it around the perimeter of the park. Some board members have requested that the city include a dog park and pickle ball courts.

Schluenz says they’ve considered removing the baseball fields from the park. The city has received some push back from Waite Park Babe Ruth who is currently working with the Twins Foundation to come up with a grant to keep the baseball fields at River’s Edge Park.

Schluenz says they do not have a budget or a definite plan in place at this time. He says the park board will hold a community workshop sometime in July or August to get the community’s input.

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