Parks and recreation looking to expand park campground
The Grafton park board is looking to the future of one of its main revenue sources by pursuing a grant to help with expansion of the Leistikow Park Campground (LPC).
The 2014 budget projects $50,000 in revenue from camping fees at the campground. GPR is currently in the process of writing a grant to help expand the campground by at least 10 sites.
According to GPR director Bill Dahl, they’d like to expand by 15 sites and add three camper cabins to the campground as well.
Dahl went before the Grafton Economic Development Committee last Wednesday morning and laid out the park district’s plans for expansion. He presented committee members with an itemized list of expenses for the full expansion plan of 15 new camper sites and three cabins. The total comes up to $72,734 and includes electric service, water and sewer, gravel, fill and grass seed, plumbing and the cost of the portable cabins.
GPR is currently applying for a North Dakota Tourism Expansion Grant, which is a dollar for dollar match grant.
Dahl said GPR has $36,000 set aside in the 2014 budget for the expansion under capital improvements. He informed the board last Wednesday that the Grafton Economic Development Committee has pledged $10,000 for the project.
If the tourism expansion grant is approved, that would give GPR $92,000 to work with in 2014 for campground expansion as things stand right now.
Dahl said the deadline to apply for the tourism expansion grant is Oct. 19 and that they probably won’t know until early 2014 whether or not they will receive it.
As an example as to how busy the campground is, Dahl said the campground is currently full, mainly with seasonal workers, with one company renting 22 sites for harvest.
In other business the board
• Passed a motion to approve the final reading of the 2014 budget. All members including Kerry DeMars, Scott Hills, Brad Burianek, Corey Burns and Todd Storey voted in favor.
• Was informed by business manager Kristy Jelinek that numbers are up for Acro team enrollment, especially in the Acro 2 group. Board members discussed the need for more adults to help with the group. The board also discussed the need for supervision when it comes to Grafton youth hockey open skating. Dahl said an adult needs to be present during open skating or kids would have to be sent home.
• Under the arena line item, Dahl informed the board that the second compressor at the Centennial Center was being rebuilt by Midwest Refrigeration.
The next regular meeting of the Grafton Park Board is scheduled for Nov. 13, at 5:15 p.m., on the second floor at Grafton City Hall.