FARGO — Community kids can look forward to new playground equipment in two of Fargo’s parks, as well as a brand new indoor playground where they will be able to play year-round.
The Fargo Park Board accepted proposals to replace playground equipment at Village West Park and Woodhaven South Park during their meeting on Tuesday, March 14.
In its entirety, the replacement project is slated to cost $350,000, according to commission documents. Funds were already budgeted for the park renovations.
Village West Park, 4415 Ninth Ave. Circle S., is encircled by large apartment buildings and includes playground equipment, as well as a basketball court, multipurpose field, picnic tables, skate park and dog park.
Woodhaven South Park has a playground and ADA ramp access to a small body of water for fishing, according to the Park District.
The playground, at 4802 Woodhaven Drive S., is in a neighborhood of primarily single-family homes.
The Fargo Park District also approved a new indoor playground that will be built as part of the 260,000-square-foot Fargo Sports Complex, 6100 38th St. S.
The indoor playground is anticipated to cost $450,000. The funds will be drawn from the Phase 11 budget for the sports complex, which totals $49 million, according to Park Board documents.
The sports complex is still under construction, but it is expected to open in the spring of 2024, according to the Park District’s website.
As an indoor space, both the playground and the facility as a whole are intended to provide year-round entertainment to Fargo residents and visitors alike.
The facility will feature a full size turf field, indoor track, eight hardwood courts, two ice sheets, six pickleball courts, three large and six small multi-use community rooms, an indoor playground with four party rooms, two concession areas, Fargo Park District offices and a Sanford POWER Center.
During the Park District’s facilities committee meeting on Feb. 22, the idea of incorporating more natural elements into Fargo playgrounds was floated by Commissioner Dawn Morgan, according to the meeting’s minutes.
Nature themes and wooden structures encourage more active and curious play, Morgan said. She thinks heading in that direction would provide positive results.
However, that move will have to wait. The park replacements slated for 2023 will be traditional plastic, primary-colored equipment, according to Dave Bietz, deputy director of operations.
Over the last five years, the Park District has been exploring adding more playgrounds inspired by the natural environment, Executive Director Dave Leker said.
Moorhead, with the help of the FM Rotary Foundation, is planning to break ground on a natural playground near the Red River this spring .
The new facility will be built in Riverfront Park, 600 First Ave. N., and will include a towering treehouse structure and rope bridge, a zip line, log and boulder areas, tunnels, play mounds, balance beams, nets and climbing areas.