#FargoFun Photo Contest

FB-announcementToday, July 1 officially kicks off National Park and Recreation Month. This month across the country, we highlight the benefits of a strong Park and Recreation system. To celebrate locally, the Fargo Park District is hosting a Photo Contest to showcase all the fun in Fargo. The Fargo Park District is encouraging everyone to spend the month enjoying all of the fun parks and recreation opportunities that Fargo has to offer! Share your #FargoFun on social media this July for a chance to win!

To enter the Fargo Parks Photo Contest simply snap a photo at a Fargo Park District event, park or facility. Then post the image to your Instagram or Twitter with #FargoFun or to the Fargo Park District Facebook page using #FargoFun to be automatically entered into the Fargo Parks Photo Contest.

Once you’ve entered, help us choose a winner! Vote for your favorite photo by “liking” the picture in the photo contest gallery on the Fargo Park District Facebook Page. Don’t forget to share the contest with your family and friends to help you get the most votes! The photo with the most “likes” by July 31, 2015 will win the $100 Scheels Gift Card grand prize. Check out the contest rules and summer calendar of events for ideas to get you started.

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Sign up for Youth Flag Football League

youth flag footbalIt’s been said that football is a game of life.  Youth football programs teach sportsmanship, teamwork and a strong work ethic. Get your kids involved in a fun, recreational Youth Flag Football League offered by the Fargo Park District. The registration deadline for Youth Flag Football League is Wednesday, July 1 at 4:30 pm.

This is a noncompetitive league for kids who want to have fun and learn the basic skills of flag football. Leagues are open to boys and girls Kindergarten through 5th grade and are designed to allow youth to play with children the same age/grade. A $42.00 league fee is required at the time of registration. Register online or at the Depot at 701 Main Avenue.

The program starts August 10. Practices are scheduled by coaches at an area park. Games will be held evenings at Tharaldson Complex starting at 5:45 pm. Time and facilities are subject to change.

This program is made possible thanks to the volunteer coaches. If you’re interested in getting involved, consider serving as a volunteer coach. To become a volunteer coach you do not have to be a football expert. The volunteer coach’s primary role is to be a positive role model and help the players to have a fun, positive experience. If you’re interested in coaching, contact the Fargo Park District by calling 701-499-6060 or by emailing info@fargoparks.com.

To register before the July 1 deadline, click here. For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060.

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Free Pool Admission at Pepsi Appreciation Days!

Pepsi Appreciation DayMake a splash this summer at the Fargo outdoor pools with fun summer pool events! The Fargo Park District will host five Pepsi Appreciation Days throughout the summer at different pools in Fargo.

Pepsi Appreciation Day is an annual event for the community. During Pepsi Appreication Day, enjoy free pool admission all day long. Join us at the beginning of the first session and enjoy free Pepsi products and hot dogs while supplies last, courtesy of Pepsi!

Enjoy the free fun at each of the pools on the following days:

Monday, June 22: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Davies Recreational Pool, located at 7150 25th Street South

Tuesday, June 23: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Southwest Recreation Pool, located at 1840 15th Avenue South

Thursday, June 25: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Northside Recreation Pool, located at 824 19th Avenue North

Monday, July 6: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Madison Pool & Splash Pad, located at 1040 29th Street North

Tuesday, July 7: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Island Park Pool, located at 616 1st Avenue South

Island Park Pool opens at 1:30 pm daily. All other pools open at 1:00 pm daily.

This program is free thanks in part to Pepsi, but you can also check out the pools for a reasonable Admission Rate all summer long. Punch Cards and Season Passes are still available too. Click here for more information on 2015 Outdoor Pool Admission Rates & Season Passes.

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

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Join in Midwest Kid Fest and the Teddy Bear Parade

midwestkidfestimageBring the kids out as Sanford Children’s presents Midwest Kid Fest and the Teddy Bear Parade on June 19 at Island Park from 11:00 am- 7:00 pm! This family-friendly event offers a whole day packed with fun games and activities for the kids.

The day kicks off with the Teddy Bear Parade at 10:30 am at Dike West. Kids and adults are invited to be part of the parade and walk the ½ mile course around Island Park with their favorite Teddy Bear!  If you’re coming with a large group, fill out the Teddy Bear Parade Participation Form and bring it with you to register. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank.

After the parade, kids can enjoy over 30 interactive activities including life-size games, a petting zoo, pony and carriage rides, inflatables and more! Kids will also have the opportunity to create hands-on crafts at Picasso Point, sponsored by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. Festival food will be available for purchase or feel free to bring lunch and picnic on the grounds.

Main Stage entertainment includes Penny & Pals, West Fargo Arts Incentive- Shrek Jr., Bill the Juggler, Magician Jeff Salveson, Gooseberry Park Players- Footloose, and Wicked Bees. All performances are kid friendly!

Free transportation is provided by MAT Bus for kids going to the festival. For MAT Bus schedule click here. Free parking is available at the Island Park Pool lot, Island Park Ramp after 2:00 pm and in the neighborhood.

Interested in helping out with this event? Volunteers shifts are still available. Contact Tricia at twehrle@fargoparks.com.

Visit www.fargoparks.com or call the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 for more information.

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Fargo Park District hosts 2 free, family events this weekend!

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend?  Check out these free events at Rheault Farm.  Spend a day telling stories at Share a Story on Saturday and spend Sunday afternoon enjoying sweet melodies at Classical Music Festival.  Admission to these events is free and everyone is welcome!

Share A Story- Saturday, June 6

share a storyJoin the United Way of Cass-Clay, Fargo Park District and Prairie Public at Share A Story– a fun, free literacy event.  The 12th annual Share A Story will take place Saturday, June 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Rheault Farm in Fargo.

Children and their parents are invited to enjoy story-telling, musical performances, make their own books and meet Buddy the Dinosaur from Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids.  Face painting, balloons and lunch will also be part of the festivities. Children will each take home a free book!

Share A Story is intended to help children develop their literacy skills through storytelling, singing, performing, drawing and writing. Activities are also designed to encourage parents and caregivers to take an active and early part in their children’s literacy.

Classical Music Festival- Sunday, June 7

classical-music-festivalExperience the sounds of excellence while enjoying a wonderful afternoon outside. The Fargo Park District is teaming up with Minnesota Public Radio to host Classical Music Festival on Sunday, June 7th from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at Rheault Farm.

Listen to free performances from the FM Symphony, FM Kicks Jazz Band, Fargo Moorhead Choral Artists, Lake Agassiz Concert Band and Penny and Pals. The complete program can be found here. Try your luck in the “Music Listening Contest.” Kids can try out different instruments in the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at the Fargo South High School auditorium.  Visit fargoparks.com for up to date weather information.

Upcoming Events

Can’t make it to one of these fun events this weekend?  Check out the Fargo Park District Events Calendar for fun events offered year round.  And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Trout Fest on June 8, Music Montage on June 11 and Midwest Kid Fest on June 19!

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Fun Arts and Crafts at Park It!

Park-ItLooking for some fun for your little artist? Come to Park It! and create some unique arts and crafts that your little one will be excited to take home. The Fargo Park District is hosting a series of Park It! events this summer so make sure to join in on the fun!

The event travels weekly to a different neighborhood and each week features new projects. Find the location near your home or travel with us to the different parks this summer and join in on the fun. All supplies are provided for this event and adult supervision is required.

There will be ten Park It! events held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm. The dates and locations are as follows:

Looking for another way to celebrate summer?  Cool down at one of the Fargo Park District’s five outdoor swimming pools that open June 1st!

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Explore Lindenwood Park by Bike

bike-rentalsSpend the day biking through beautiful Lindenwood Park. Bored with your regular bikes?  No problem! Bike rental is available at Lindenwood Park.

Memorial Weekend hours are Friday, May 22 3:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, May 23-Monday, May 25 12:00-8:00 pm.  Summer bike rental hours begin on Saturday, May 30.  Summer bike rental hours are Monday-Sundays 12:00-8:00 pm, weather permitting.

Choose from a variety of bikes for an afternoon of fun.  Have a group of people? Try the Surrey and pedal along together on four wheels.  Looking for a fun afternoon date? Rent the Dual Trike and pedal together side by side.  There are youth sized bikes, Fun Cycles, Low Riders, ADA bikes and Family Chariot- something for everyone!  Helmets are also available to rent and concessions are offered for purchase.

Lindenwood Bike Rentals is located at 1955 Roger Maris Dr, Fargo. For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-356-2106 or go to www.fargoparks.com.

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Commune with Nature at these Upcoming Events

Get outside and get in touch with Mother Nature this weekend at three nature focused events hosted by the Fargo Park District.  Spend a day learning about trees, watching the birds, learning about bugs and gardening or enjoying the trails.  Admission to these events is free and everyone is welcome!

Arbor Day Celebration- May 15

tree-planting-seedlingJoin the City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, River Keepers, and Cass County Soil Conservation Service at a tree planting ceremony in celebration of Arbor Day!  This year’s Arbor Day Celebration will take place Friday, May 15 at 9:30 am at Oak Grove Park.  The Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Seahawks and Discovery School Lynx teams, along with several other volunteers, will be planting about 90 new trees throughout Oak Grove Park.

Trees have great importance to the environmental quality and economic vitality of our community.  They cool our city, fight pollution, conserve energy, and make our neighborhoods more livable Planting trees in key area along the Red River will create a buffer to maintain river bank stability, encourage the growth of native plants, improve water quality, and provide habitat for river wildlife.

Fargo Birding Festival- May 16

bird watchingJoin the Fargo Park District for a morning of birds and binoculars in beautiful South Fargo.  The Fargo Park District is hosting the Fargo Birding Festival from 7:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, May 16 at Forest River Property, located at 76 Ave S & Red River, Fargo.  The Forest River Property was recently designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Dakota.

This festival is free for the entire community.  Bring your family out and learn about birding from experts.  Kids are invited to create bagel bird feeders and enjoy activities courtesy of Audubon Dakota.  All skill levels are welcome.  Bring your own binoculars

Nature Adventure- May 16

natureadventureBring the family for a fun afternoon outdoors at Nature Adventure on Saturday, May 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Trollwood Park Main Shelter!  The celebration is held in conjunction with National Kids to Parks Day, a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust. Special guest Smokey Bear will be on site, so bring your camera.  NDSU Entomologist, Don Carey will bring his collection of bugs for all to learn about.  Zoo keepers from the Red River Zoo will be on site to share their knowledge of animal adaptations.  The Audobon Dakota and River Keepers will share information about trees, nature and rivers.  The Girl Scouts will teach guests planting and gardening techniques.  Enjoy the trails, make a variety of nature crafts and have a lite snack.

Can’t make it to one of these fun events this weekend?  Take advantage of the recreational trails, fishing, picnicking and other facilities and amenities the Fargo Park District has to offer year round. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.fargoparks.com.

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Pepsi Outdoor Archery Challenge is May 9-10

archeryCelebrate National Archery Day this weekend and try your luck at the Pepsi Outdoor Archery Challenge.  This tournament will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, May 10 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm at the Forest River Property.

This tournament includes a 3-D Round (25-30 targets) and a 900 Round.  All registration will be done on-site.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt and archery towel.  Complimentary hotdogs and Pepsi products will be available while supplies last.

Forest River Property is located at 76 Ave S and the Red River in Fargo.  For more information, contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or visit www.fargoparks.com

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Kite Day

kite-dayTake advantage of the North Dakota winds and enjoy a favorite pastime for both kids and adults.  The Fargo Park District is hosting Kite Day from 12:30-3:00 pm on Saturday, May 2 at Lindenwood Park.

Bring your kite and show off your flying skills.  The event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.  Free hot dogs and Pepsi products will be available, while supplies last.  Prizes will be given away throughout the event.

Lindenwood Park is located at 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo.  This event is sponsored in part by the Fargo Park District, Luther Family Ford and Pepsi.  For more information, contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060 or visit www.fargoparks.com

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