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 Group 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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Puck Drops on Two Hockey Events

Interested in hockey? The Fargo Park District has a hockey program for any age or skill level!  The Fargo Park District offers outdoor skating rinks, drop-in hockey on Wednesdays and leagues throughout the winter.  For the big hockey fan, the Fargo Park District has two great upcoming events.

open skateLooking for a fun family afternoon focused on hockey?  Bring the family to Hockey Fest from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday, January 19 at Scheels Arena.

This free event begins with a free matinee movie featuring Mighty Ducks 3. The movie starts at 1:30pm and is sponsored by Luther Family Ford. Free popcorn and Pepsi products will be available, while supplies last.  After the movie there will be a free open skate, carnival games and crafts. Hockey Fest is a free community event with free parking.

pond hockeyWould you rather play hockey in an adult tournament? Then lace up your skates and get ready to play hockey in its original form- on the pond!  The Fargo Park District is hosting the Fargo Pond Hockey Classic February 7th and 8th on the ponds at Edgewood Golf Course.

Fargo Pond Hockey Classic features 5 adult divisions to accommodate all skill levels.  Teams consist of up to six players with games being played in a 3 vs. 3 format (No Goalie).  Teams are guaranteed 4 games. Players and family will be able to keep warm during and after games inside the warming tent.  Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Sign your teams up soon! Fargo Pond Hockey Classic team registration deadline is Wednesday, January 21st.

For more information on hockey programs offered by the Fargo Park District or to register for the Fargo Pond Hockey Classic, contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or go to www.fargoparks.com

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Community Gives Back as part of the Season of Giving

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The Fargo Park District hosted the 28th Annual Santa Village at Rheault Farm November 29 through December 23.  During this time there were over 15,000 visitors that came to the event and gave donations to benefit those in need in our community.

Admission to Santa Village is free, but donations are encouraged.  People were asked to donate non-perishable foods, new or gently used toys or cash.  All donations are given to families in Cass and Clay counties.

food-donationsDuring the 2014 Season of Giving, $3,765.66 in cash donations was collected.  The cash donations were distributed to the Giving Tree of Hope and Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo.  There were 7,820 pounds of non-perishable food items donated to the Great Plains Food Bank and over 1,100 new and gently used toys were given to the YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center.  Santa Village also delivered 4,267 letters to Macy’s, who in turn donated $1 per letter to the Make a Wish Foundation.

toy donations“This year’s Santa Village season was record setting,” says Tricia Wehrle, Program Coordinator for the Fargo Park District.  “There were more visitors than ever before and people were very generous. Their donations helped brighten the holiday season for needy families and their children.”

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Eagle 106.9, Crown Trophy, Hornbacher’s, JDP Electric, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Ruby Tuesday, VisionBank, Wanzek Construction and other area businesses.

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Create and Explore with your Child

The Fargo Park District is offering a Create and Explore Art Class on Thursday, January 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the RDJ Rec Center, 1104 2 Ave S, Fargo. This class is for ages 3-5 plus an adult.

Let your children explore through a variety of hands-on activities and projects.  Create and Explore lets you help your children learn to use paint, paintbrushes, glue, chalk and other materials. Dress for a mess!  Adult must accompany child.

The fee is $11.30, due upon registration.  Register online at www.fargoparks.com.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 6.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Register for Winter Art Classes

The Fargo Park District is offering Winter Session Art Classes beginning in January.  Winter session classes include Artmania (ages 6-8) and Accelerated Artists (ages 9-12).  All classes are held at the RDJ Rec Center, 1104 2 Ave S, Fargo.

Artmania is perfect for children who love to draw, paint and be creative.  During this class, they will create many pieces of two and three dimensional artwork.  This six week class is held on Mondays from January 12-February 16 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Try a more challenging art class with Accelerated Artists.  Children will learn new techniques and strengthen their knowledge of art in these, fun creative workshops.  This six week class is held on Tuesdays from January 13-February 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Register online at www.fargoparks.com.  The registration deadline for both classes is Thursday, January 1.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Last Week to Visit Santa at Santa Village

Santa VillageExplore a little piece of the North Pole at Santa Village.  The Fargo Park District is hosting Santa Village at Rheault Farm in South Fargo.  This is the last week of Santa Village!  You can visit this week, Wednesday-Friday, December 17-19 from 4:00-8:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21 from 1:00-8:00 pm and Monday-Tuesday, December 22-23 from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The mission of Santa Village is to give back to the community by collecting non-perishable foods, new or gently used toys and monetary donations to aid families in Cass and Clay counties.  This year donations will be distributed through the Giving Tree of Hope, Great Plains Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo and YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Santa Village is an opportunity for children and the young at heart to meet Santa and explore a small piece of the North Pole.  Some of the activities planned include: visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, meet Santa’s reindeer, make holiday crafts, see model train displays and write a letter to Santa.  There will also be concessions available and horse drawn rides Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm.

Santa's reindeer

Santa Village is open through December 23.  The hours are:

  • December 17-19               4-8 pm
  • December 20-21               1-8 pm
  • December 22-23               4-8 pm

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Eagle 106.9, Crown Trophy, Hornbacher’s, JDP Electric, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Ruby Tuesday, VisionBank, Wanzek Construction and other area businesses.

Rheault Farm is located at 2902 25 St S, Fargo with a parking lot off of 30 Ave South.  For more information call 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Free Craft Projects at Awesome Art Afternoon

awesome art afternoonLove art, but hate the mess?  Awesome Art Afternoon is an interactive art program where kids can have fun while building a variety of take home projects.  The Fargo Park District is hosting an Awesome Art Afternoon on Saturday, December 13 at the RDJ Rec Center.  Come any time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to spend an afternoon creating fun and exciting art projects. This month projects have a winter or holiday twist.

This is a free event and no registration is necessary.  Adult supervision is required and interaction is encouraged.

This program is free thanks to a grant from Xcel Energy.  The RDJ Rec Center is located at 1104 2 Ave S, Fargo.  For more information, call 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Open Gyms and Indoor Pool Open December 6th

The Fargo Park District, in cooperation with Fargo Public Schools, is holding Youth Open Gyms starting Saturday, December 6.  Gyms will be open Saturday and Sunday afternoons through March.  This open gym program is designed to provide free play for youth during a supervised time period.

Open Gyms are held at the following locations:

All locations are open 1:00-4:00 pm for Kindergarten through 5th Graders.  All schedules and locations are subject to change depending on gym usage.

There will also be Open Swim sessions beginning Saturday, December 6.  The Indoor Pool at Fargo South High School will host be open on Saturdays and Sundays through March.  The open swim sessions are held from 1:00-5:00 pm each Saturday and Sunday.  The fees are $2.25 for Youth 18 and under, $3.55 for adults and $7.10 for families.

Please see www.fargoparks.com for more information or call 701-499-6060.

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Santa Village Opens This Weekend!

Explore a little piece of the North Pole at Santa Village.  The Fargo Park District is hosting Santa Village at Rheault Farm in South Fargo.  Santa Village opens for the season Saturday & Sunday, November 29 and 30 from 1:00-7:00 pm.

The mission of Santa Village is to give back to the community by collecting non-perishable foods, new or gently used toys and monetary donations to aid families in Cass and Clay counties.  This year donations will be distributed through the Giving Tree of Hope, Great Plains Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo and YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Mrs. ClausSanta Village is an opportunity for children and the young at heart to meet Santa and explore a small piece of the North Pole.  Some of the activities planned include: visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, meet Santa’s reindeer, make holiday crafts, see model train displays and write a letter to Santa.  There will also be concessions available and horse drawn rides every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm.

Santa Village

Santa Village is open November 29 through December 23.  The hours are:

  • November 29-30               1-7 pm
  • December 6-7                   1-7 pm
  • December 10-12               4-8 pm
  • December 13-14               1-8 pm
  • December 17-19               4-8 pm
  • December 20-21               1-8 pm
  • December 22-23               4-8 pm

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Eagle 106.9, Crown Trophy, Hornbacher’s, JDP Electric, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Ruby Tuesday, VisionBank, Wanzek Construction and other area businesses.

Rheault Farm is located at 2902 25 St S, Fargo with a parking lot off of 30 Ave South.  For more information call 701-499-7788 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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