West Fargo has a little gem on Seventh Avenue called Citizens' Park. I walked by one day and was enthralled by the latest addition, a lovely art piece. Park Director Barb Erbstoesser responded to my questions about it.
A year ago, she attended the National Park and Recreation Congress and trade show since it was in nearby Minneapolis. A company called Randolf Rose featured bronze cast statues made in Yonkers. They offered an excellent discount so Barb purchased two pieces. The one at Citizens' park is called 'Circle of Fun' and the second one in front of the flag at the park board offices is 'Girl with a Butterfly.' Since installing these pieces, the park board has received strong, positive feedback from the public.
Barb states that there are more dimensions to parks than athletics. A new park planned for south of the interstate and east of Sheyenne Street will include a gazebo and an amphitheater to seat about 250 people. This will be available for concerts, weddings, proms, etc.
Rendezvous Park has a waterfall on the northwest corner. There is a wish list for additional artwork to place in other areas and the park board is considering looking for sponsors.
All of the parks have colorful flowers, but the tiny Citizens' park is especially pretty, with a circular bed of annuals surrounded by berms planted with perennials and shrubs. It was first started in1986 when Bob Alin, a member of the West Fargo Beautification Committee at the time, had an inspiration. He convinced the park board to purchase the small lot near the Seventy Avenue Bridge and make a mini-park.
The area has changed some over the years. First, the bridge was converted to a box culvert and later some of the lot was used for a pumping station. An Eagle Scout project in 2009-10 made it the only park with underground irrigation.
Stop by the park the next time you are out walking. It is a nice place to rest, relax and enjoy the view. Gardeners can take home a few ideas, perhaps to add some art to their own landscape.