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Contribute to and promote healthful lifestyles in our community through the development and enhancement of parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities, programs and activities for all people of Grand Forks, regardless of age, physical ability or economic position.
The Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation is committed to the development and utilization of funds to progress the betterment of our community.
Provide financial support to children who may otherwise be unable to participate in Park District due to family financial constraints.
Continue to develop and enhance programs offered through the Park District to all children and adults, regardless of age and/or ability.
Prioritize needs regarding the maintenance and upgrades of existing facilities, as to continue providing programs in safe and quality environments.
Develop new parks and facilities based on ever-changing needs of the community.
Support youth groups and projects, which focus on risky behavior prevention and promote healthful decisions and opportunities.
Leaders Who Guide the Grand Forks Parks Foundation
The leadership for the Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation comes from our Board of Directors made up of community leaders and concerned citizens. Their roles include financial overview and support, overseeing risk and compliance (fiduciary), creating accountability, transparency and strategic fundraising direction and monitoring and evaluating governance. Our staff members implement their direction through programs and events.
Chair of Board; President / Owner, Sterling Carpet One.
Vice Chair of Board; Financial Advisor, Choice Financial Investments.
Secretary Treasurer; Director, Grand Forks Park District.
Board Member; Owner / President, Millennium Systems Technology. Vice President, Blue Line Club
Board Member; President / Investment Consultant, Alerus Securities.
Board Member; Retired Grand Forks School District Teacher.
Board Member; President, Altru Health System.
Board Member; Vaaler Insurance, Inc./HCIS.
Board Member; Farm Land Investments & Agriculture Insurance.
Staff Member; Executive Director.
Staff Member; Internal Operations Manager.
Staff Member; Support Staff.
24-hour online fundraiser
The Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation is honored to be able to participate in Giving Hearts Day sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF).
On February 13th, all online donations of $10 or more made to the Grand Forks Parks & Rec Foundation will be matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation, up to $4000 (after the first $4000 is raised).
This means you can double your gift to local kids without spending more by donating on Giving Hearts Day!
Did you know?
Over 40% of children in Grand Forks qualify for Park District Youth Scholarships.
That is a lot of kids NOT participating due to financial constraints.
Youth Scholarships are used for all activities
swimming, basketball, golf, hockey, softball, baseball, soccer, figure skating, etc.
100% of all contributions go towards Scholarships for Local Kids & are tax-deductible.
EASY as 1 - 2 - 3
On Feb 13, 2014, go to www.impactgiveback.org & click on the "Donate" button
Choose "Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation" from the participants list
Enter your donation of $10 or more & proceed to checkout
Building Fields of Dreams: Scheel's Sports Complex
Campaign for a New Baseball / Softball Complex
A "Building Fields of Dreams" Baseball/Softball Campaign, steering committee was formed in 2012 to study and investigate the need for a new multi-diamond complex planned for just north of South Middle School, along South 20th Street. This new complex would alleviate scheduling conflicts at Apollo Field, where there are only five game fields to serve over 1200 youth each week during the summer. Youth fastpitch softball and baseball have seen explosive participation increases in the last four years creating the need.
How it all started
In 2007, the Grand Forks Park District and Altru Health System retained a national consulting firm (Alter-Care) to conduct a study to
determine the feasibility of a new facility to replace Center Court Fitness Club, which would include medical services on-site. Following a favorable outcome, the Park District Board of Commissioners determined the operations could be sustained through membership fees; however, the capital building costs must be covered through private donations.
The IMAGINE Campaign began in 2007 with a grass-roots group of citizens who joined together to
raise funds necessary to build a new health and wellness center and renovate the existing Family YMCA. The first major contributions came from the Crary and Sproule families with a donation of 42 acres of land and from Choice Financial, which signed a $2.75 million naming sponsor agreement. Many private citizens and businesses followed, offering support through financial gifts and pledges, including a $6.5 million investment by Altru Health System, who re-named the existing downtown YMCA as Altru Family YMCA and named the park surrounding Choice Health & Fitness as Altru Wellness Village. Through the great vision and generosity of donors and business sponsors, we are here today, sharing this historic project and giving individuals and businesses the option for access to exceptional health and fitness facilities.
October 2009 marked the beginning of a unique partnership between the Grand Forks Park District's Center Court Fitness Club and Altru Family YMCA.
The partnership provides two facilities for one low cost. Members benefit from shared programs and services. Both facilities retain separate ownership for each facility. To date, we have found nothing quite like this partnership within the United States. We believe the Greater Grand Forks community will receive optimal health and wellness benefits through more efficient use of our combined knowledge, expertise, resources and strengths.
A 159,000 square foot facility, Choice Health & Fitness will showcase
2 basketball courts, 3 racquetball courts, 6 tennis courts, a large indoor walk/run track (6x/1mile), an aquatics complex containing 2 large waterslides, a zero depth entry pool, 3 lane lap pool and lazy river with 2 poolside birthday party rooms. There will also be 2 community rooms for events and classes, a lounge area with outdoor patio space, 15,000 square feet containing state-of-the-art fitness equipment and 4 separate group exercise suites for rowing, cycling, large classes and yoga. Choice Health & Fitness will allow for collaborative relationships, space for leasing partners, and will support an endowment scholarship fund for individuals and families who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial constraints.
Choice Health & Fitness will also be home to three other, separate entities that offer services and benefits for members and the community.
The USDA-Agricultural Research Service's (USDA-ARS) Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (ARS-GFHNRC) will have programs researching how diet and physical activity programs help maintain healthy body weight. Altru Health System will offer on-site physical and occupational therapy and Truyu Asthetics services. Sprouts Café will offer the healthiest, tastiest, freshest meals, snacks and beverages, plus cooking classes and education.
Choice Health & Fitness has an overall mission to
integrate fitness, medical and behavioral health, nutrition, arts, recreation and research, while inspiring greater community health and happiness.
May 31, 2014.
The Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon is an annual event that is held at South Middle School in Grand Forks.
The race offers a 5K run/walk, 10K run/walk and run-bike-run duathlon for all ages and skill-levels of athletes. The duathlon consists of two 3 mile runs on bike paths and city streets as well as a 15 mile bike ride on paved and blacktop highways.
Proceeds of $10,000 annually from 2011 - 2016 will go to the Kvidt Memorial Fund that was created in memory of Dewey Kvidt
a Grand Forks resident that touched the lives of many people through his passion for all types of fitness. For the next 5 years, the Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon proceeds will be allocated to the Dewey Kvidt group exercise room for yoga at Choice Health & Fitness.
Keep the Ball Rollin'
June 9, 2014.
Keep the Ball Rollin' is a four person "best ball" golf tournament held annually at Kings Walk Golf Course
with proceeds donated to the "Perry Nakonechny Youth Sports Fund", a memorial fund supporting youth sports in Grand Forks held under the Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation.
Perry Nakonechny (Nako) passed away at age 47 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Nako, a former Sioux Hockey Player, coached hockey at Grand Forks Red River High School and was also an educator in the school system for many years. He is remembered as a great teammate and even greater family man. Nako inspired many people, young and old. Through the Foundation, his legacy will live on and continue to impact area youth.
Join us for a great day of golf and help support youth sports!
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.
BBQ Cookout & Silent Auction: 5:00 p.m.
The tournament fees include: a golf cart, practice on the driving range, a golf Shirt, a BBQ dinner and prizes. All proceeds benefit the Perry Nakonechny Fund for Grand Forks Youth Sports.
(per player ($340.00 per team))$85.00
( per player for KW Members)$65.00
Grand Forks Living Trees Program
Tree dedication - in honor, in memory or just because.
This program allows Grand Forks residents to honor and/or memorialize their family, friends and/or relatives with the planting of a living tree in a local Park.
These trees provide years of shade, beautification, and environmental benefits.
A donor wall "Honor Tree" has been erected in the Lincoln Park Clubhouse with future plans for one in the King's Walk Clubhouse to acknowledge your gift and honoree.
A minimum gift of $300 is required to be acknowledged on the Honor Tree. Donors can achieve recognition status on the "Tree" with one gift or through cumulative gifts totaling $300 to the Living Tree Fund. Help us plant a forest by donating as many times as you like.
Rollin' on the River
An Inline Skating Marathon. August 16, 2014, 7:00 a.m.
Rollin' on the River formed through a group of young community professionals seeking to increase awareness of the health benefits offered by inline skating.
This event has grown over the last several years, with approximately 230 skaters in the 2011 and 280 skaters participating in the 2012, creating an even stronger presence of skating in the community. The event draws amateurs and international professional skaters putting Grand Forks on the map.
Rollin' on the River supports not only the promotion of inline skating to our communities, families and children
but is also sharing its proceeds with a greater cause The Perry Nakonechny Youth Sports Fund, a Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation memorial fund supporting youth programs in Grand Forks.
Recreation Scholarships for Local Kids
Half or full scholarships based on need.
More than 40% of children in Grand Forks qualify for Park Activity Scholarships.
In 2011, 289 kids received financial assistance so they could participate in Park District programming. With your donations, we will continue providing a nurturing environment of fun activities to all children within our community.
100% of your donation goes to scholarships for local qualifying children. Your gift will make a difference.
Legends & Heroes Ice Arena Campaign: ICON Sports Center
A two sheet ice arena for hockey and figure skaters.
Legends & Heroes is a campaign to build a new youth ice arena which has the capacity to generate $4 million in community annual economic impact.
It will be built without the use of public taxes and elevate Grand Forks as a Midwest hockey destination. The arena is slated for a site just south of Choice Health & Fitness. Through the efforts of many hockey and figure skating enthusiasts and the assistance of the Grand Forks Park District, this project is achievable through your help. For up-to-date info on the campaign and progress, go to: Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association.
The Grand Forks Park District enhances lives through its parks, facilities and staff members, all guided by a Board of Commissioners, mission and values.
The mission of the Grand Forks Park District is to provide the best parks, programs, facilities, forestry services and other services possible to promote a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle for all citizens of Grand Forks.