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Land donated for park

Published 11:13am Friday, August 2, 2013

A Fergus Falls resident is donating two parcels of land in town to be used as a city park. Gina Noyes is making the donation in honor of her husband, Ervin, who passed away in 2003.

“I’ve been considering it for a year or so,” Noyes said. “I just felt that I wanted to do it in honor of him and also for the park.”

The five acres of land is located kitty corner from Broadway Park, just west of Broadway Avenue and south of Fir Avenue.

“It’s a beautiful spot of land,” said Steve Plaza, park and rec director. “It’s very, very generous.”

The park would remain primitive (with mowing and weed control) until it could be developed, according to a memo from Plaza. The city will develop the park, with possibilities of trails and picnic shelters, when funding becomes available. It’s the intent of the Parks and Rec Board that once the money is there, a plan will be created based in part on input from the neighborhood and community.

A standard Fergus Falls park sign to name the park would be installed on the Broadway side of the property this year, depending on the weather.

The only conditions Noyes included for the land donation were that none of the land could be sold to any other party; a city park sign identifying “EG Noyes Park” be erected in 2013; the land should be cleared of any debris, kept mowed with brush and trees trimmed and it should eventually be placed in active park and trail use. Those conditions can be met, according to Plaza.

“My husband Ervin Noyes and I have always loved Fergus Falls and would like to make this contribution to the children and health of Fergus Falls,” Gina Noyes wrote in a letter to Gordon Hydukovich.

Her husband was a contractor and had sold off other land in the area periodically over the years, and the parcels Gina Noyes plans to donate was left over.

“And I just thought that I could not maintain it myself, and I thought they (the city) could make use of it some way,” she said.

She lives in an apartment on Kennedy Park Circle, right next to the community garden, so she’d also like to see that idea used at the new park.

“I thought the garden would be nice, too, if it’s available for that,” Gina Noyes said.

The Fergus Falls Finance, Personnel and Development Committee recommended accepting the property at its meeting Wednesday. The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board accepted the parcels of land at its July 8 meeting.

One of the parcels has a deferred assessment attached to it of $1,062.36, which would be paid from the community development activities fund.

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