Fargo Public Golf Courses Opening March 30

edgewood_greenWeather permitting, the Fargo Park District will open four public golf courses in the morning on Monday, March 30. This includes 18 hole courses at Edgewood and Rose Creek and 9 hole courses at Osgood and Prairiewood.

Driving Ranges at Osgood and Rose Creek are open this week 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, weather permitting.  The Driving Range at Edgewood will open on Monday, March 30 with the courses.

The El Zagal course will be closed for the 2015 golf season for a complete renovation.

Be ready to golf as soon as the courses open. Buy your 2015 Season Pass today. Passes can be purchased online or at 701 Main Ave, Fargo. Once courses open, passes will be available for purchase at the pro shops. Passes are available for adults, youth, families and seniors at each of our 5 public courses. There are also passes that give you access to all 4 courses!

For the latest updates go to www.fargogolf.net or call the golf courses: Edgewood at 701-232-2824, Rose Creek at 701-235-5100, Osgood at 701-356-3070 and Prairiewood at 701-232-1445.

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Sign Up Your Family for Cosmic Bowling

cosmic-bowling-pinsLooking for a fun activity for your family?  Sign up for Cosmic Bowling.  The Fargo Park District is hosting Cosmic Bowling from 1:00-3:00 pm on Sunday, March 22 at West Acres Bowl.

Bring the whole family and enjoy bowling at its wildest times.  Fun music and cool lights will add to the party atmosphere.  Prizes will be given away throughout the event.  The fee is $9 per person and groups of 4 or 5 are preferred.  Registrations forms are available at www.fargoparks.com.  There are limited spots available so register early.  Registrations will not be accepted through West Acres Bowl, only through the Fargo Park District.

West Acres Bowl is located at 3402 Interstate Blvd SW, Fargo.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060 or visit www.fargoparks.com.

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Celebrate Celtic Culture at the 12th Annual Celtic Festival

celtic-festCelebrate the history and traditions of the seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Celtic Festival will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

As you enter the festival you may hear the lively button accordion or the iconic Highland bagpipe.  Fargo’s own Heather and Thistle Pipe and Drum Band will open the festivities with their traditional music. The McDonald School of Irish and International Dance will showcase traditional Irish dance.  Live music will include the button accordion, small pipes, and wire-strung harp.  Talented regional groups including Debi Rogers, Northern Gael, Mikko and Friends, GreenMan Band and Sally Morris will fill the festival with lively entertainment for all.

In addition to all the great performances there will also be heritage presentations throughout the day.  Topics will include everything from Wine Traditions from Galicia, Irish and Scottish Songs for Children, to the History of Irish Dance.  Children and adults alike can learn about traditions of the Seven Celtic Nations through hands-on activities and table displays.  And if all the scheduled activities weren’t enough, there will also be authentic Celtic food including corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Bangers and Mash and some vegetarian options like potato and leek soup.

The Celtic Festival is hosted by the Fargo Park District and Moorhead Parks and Recreation. Support for this project is provided by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership. Thanks to the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health, Short Printer and Microtel Inn & Suites.  For more information, call 701-499-7788 or visit www.fargoparks.com.

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Butterfly Ball Tickets On Sale March 10

butterfly ballTickets go on sale Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 am for the Fargo Park District’s Butterfly Ball. The Fargo Park District is hosting three nights of Butterfly Ball this Spring.  This semi-formal father/daughter dance will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm on April 11, 17 & 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  New this year, tickets will be sold online only at www.fargoparks.com.

Butterfly Ball is an opportunity for fathers, uncles and grandfathers to take their little princess, ages 4-12, to a semi-formal dance.  The evening will include music, dancing and photo opportunities. Events on Saturdays, April 11 & 18 will feature a mini “grand march.” New this year, the event on Friday, April 17 will include a sit-down dinner.

Tickets for Butterfly Ball must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are $16 per person for Saturdays, April 11 & 18 and $25 per person for the Friday, April 17.  Tickets can be purchased online only at www.fargoparks.com.  Event sells out annually, so plan to purchase early on Tuesday, March 10!

The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 4351 17 Ave S, Fargo.  For more information, contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Youth Ice Fishing Derby

youth ice fishing derbyBring your ice fishing rod and try your luck at the Youth Ice Fishing Derby.  The Fargo Park District is hosting the Youth Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 28 at the South Woodhaven Pond. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the derby will take place from 1:00-2:30 pm.

Come and try your luck catching perch, bluegill or northern pike in the derby! Trophies will be awarded for the top catches.  The event is free and there will be on-site registration for the derby.  Free bait will be available while supplies last.  Participants must provide their own fishing rod and tackle.  All ice fishing holes will be pre-drilled for participants. There will also be free hot cocoa while supplies last.

South Woodhaven Pond is located at 4802 Woodhaven Dr S, Fargo.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Spend your weekends with Fargo Parks

bball at open gymLooking for fun weekend activities for the family?  The Fargo Park District has you covered!  Check out Open Gym and Open Swim held Saturdays and Sundays through March.

Have a ball with your kids at Youth Open Gyms. Open Gyms are held in cooperation with Fargo Public Schools. Gyms are open Saturday and Sunday afternoons through March 15, 2015.  This open gym program is designed to provide free play for youth during a supervised time period

Open Gym is held Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm for Kindergarten through 5th Graders. All schedules and locations are subject to change depending on gym usage.  Northside Open Gym locations include Longfellow and Roosevelt.  Southside Open Gym locations include Centennial, Clara Barton, Lincoln and Osgood Kindergarten Center.

Make a splash at Open Swim!  Open Swim is held 1:00-5:00 pm at Fargo South High School Indoor Pool each Saturday and Sunday through the end of March. The fees are $2.25 for Youth 18 and under, $3.55 for adults and $7.10 for families.

For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060 or visit www.fargoparks.com.

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Play Some Hockey this Winter

goalieSqueeze in a quick hockey game on your lunch break.  Stop by the Coliseum on Wednesdays, February 11 and February 18 during your lunch break for a pick up hockey game. No checking, slap shots, or fighting allowed. Pucks are provided. Cost is $5 per session, goalies are free.

If you can’t get away for a game during the day, organize your friends and stop at one of the outdoor skating rinks located throughout Fargo. All rinks have a heated warming house and rink attendant.  Regular hours are Monday-Friday from 3:30-8:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 12:00-8:00 pm. Hours are subject to change according to weather conditions.  Warming Houses will be closed earlier than scheduled in the evenings if the temperatures reach -10 degrees or colder or wind chills at -30 or greater.  For more information go to fargoparks.com or contact the Fargo Park District weather information line at 701-298-6915.

For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or visit fargoparks.com

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Dive In to Fun Pool Parties this Saturday

destination anchor islandMake a splash at two fun pool parties on Saturday, February 7. Bring the whole family to Destination Anchor Island and imagine you are someplace tropical.  Middle school and high school students are invited to spend Saturday evening hanging with Friends at Teen Pool Party.

Escape of the cold and take a cruise to Destination Anchor Island.  Dive in to a family friendly Caribbean pool party from 1:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, February 7 at Fargo South Indoor Pool. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with swimming, music, and tropical treats.  Prizes will be given throughout the day.  Admission is $2 for swimmers and everyone is welcome to attend.

Teen Pool Party will take place from 6:30-9:00 pm on Saturday, February 7 at Fargo South Indoor Pool.  This event is for middle school or high school students only. School ID is required at the door.  Swim and compete in crazy contests to win cool prizes.  There will be music by Powerplay DJ and great prizes from area businesses including Scheels, Subway, Fargo Force, and the RedHawks.  Best of all, everything is FREE!  There will also be free pizza provided by Spicy Pie and free Pepsi products while supplies last.

Fargo South Indoor Pool is located at 1840 15 Ave S, Fargo.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Have a Park Wedding

Looking for a unique venue for your upcoming wedding?  If you’re a fan of the outdoors or are looking for an intimate setting, consider getting married in a park.

As with any wedding venue, there are pros and cons to park weddings.  It’s hard to beat a beautiful outdoor setting and often the natural beauty means you can save money on decorations for the venue.  If saving money sounds good to you, the affordable rental cost for the venue is pretty tempting too.  However, to make sure your day is perfect it’s important to be prepared for possible pitfalls.  Things like bad weather, insects or conflicts don’t need to disrupt your day if you’ve laid the groundwork and are prepared.

In Fargo, wedding ceremonies are permitted at two beautiful parks.  Get married in the heart of beautiful downtown at Fargo’s oldest park.  The gazebo at Island Park is available for rentals and is a beautiful place to hold a ceremony.  If you’re looking for more variety, consider one of the venues in Trollwood Park.  Trollwood Park has 5 different venues available for wedding rentals that can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,000 people. Planning to hold your ceremony elsewhere and simply looking for a unique reception venue?   The Fargo Park District has a variety of rental options to fit your needs.

When planning your park wedding ceremony in Fargo, consider the following:

  • Secure your site: In Fargo, rental reservations are accepted for the year beginning on January 2nd.  This means you’re not able to reserve your site more than a year in advance.  Payment is due when making your reservation.  The Fargo Park District has a no refund policy.
  • Rain or Shine: If Mother Nature is having a bad day, it may translate into a rain-soaked ceremony site.  Keep this in mind when planning your ceremony.  While the majority of potential park ceremony sites in Fargo include a shelter or covered space that will help keep you dry in case of rain, not all do.  The Fargo Park District also does not allow tents regardless of weather conditions.
  • Can everyone hear: If you are planning to rent a PA system or have amplified sound, you may be subject to additional permits through the Fargo Police Department depending on the location of your venue.  Be sure to ask about the noise ordinance when finalizing your rental.
  • Finding the way: Let guests know where to find you by including detailed directions with your invitations. Be specific about where they should assemble: “The Barn Stage located in the east part of Trollwood Park”—not “Trollwood Park.” Posting free standing signs in the park is allowed, but they must be removed immediately following the ceremony.
  • Have a seat: The shelters and most of the covered spaces include picnic tables as part of the rental.  These tables cannot be removed from the venue for a ceremony.  The outdoor sites such as Trollwood Barn Stage and Amphitheater and Island Park Gazebo do not have seating provided.  Chairs can be rented from an outside rental company and carried in from the parking lot.
  • Toasting the happy couple: Alcohol is not allowed at the Island Park Gazebo, Trollwood Park Amphitheatre and Barn Stage. If you’d like to have a toast to the happy couple at the Trollwood Park Mega Shelter, West Gazebo, or Art Mart you will need to secure a Consumption Permit for an additional $25 fee.
  • Timing is everything: When planning the time of day for you wedding, keep in mind the time needed for set up, clean up and photos.  Island Park Gazebo only rents for the full day.  However, the 5 sites at Trollwood can be rented for the full day or for a half day (10 am-3 pm or 4-9 pm).  If you rent for only a half day, keep in mind that there may be another rental before your or after you.  You will not be able to come early to take pictures or set up nor will you be able to stay late to tear down, so plan your time accordingly.
  • Setting the scene: The natural beauty that will surround your venue provides a picturesque backdrop for your happy day.  The same lovely scenery that has drawn you to have your wedding in this place also inspires members of the public to enjoy a day in the park.  There may be neighborhood children playing at the playground, families enjoying a round of disc golf or friends taking a stroll through the park throughout the day.

If one of these locations sounds perfect for you, contact the Fargo Park District offices to ask about availability and regulations for the park.  You can find the rental form with venue details and fees on fargoparks.com.

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7th Annual Frozen Fantasy Family Dance

The Fargo Park District is hosting the seventh annual Frozen Fantasy Family Dance. This family dance event will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm on Saturday, January 31 at the Baymont Inn & Suites.

Create some magic by bringing the whole family out to this winter themed semi-formal dance affair. Let it snow outside while you dance the night away in a winter wonderland. There will be music, dancing and light refreshments will be served throughout the evening. A professional photographer will be available to take your family photos.

Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $5 per person, ages 3 and up. Ages 2 and under are free. The Baymont Inn & Suites is located at 3333 13 Ave S, Fargo. This event is in no way affiliated with the movie “Frozen.” For more information, contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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