Make a Splash at Pool Events

destinationanchorislandMake a splash at two fun pool parties on Saturday, February 6. 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 6 at Fargo South Indoor Pool. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with swimming, music, water games 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 6 at Fargo South Indoor Pool.  This event is for middle school or high school students only. Admission is free; students may be required to present School ID at the door. Swim and compete in crazy contests to win cool prizes. Enjoy music by Powerplay DJ and great prizes from area businesses including Atomic Coffee, Fargo Force, Five Guys Burger and Fries, RedHawks and Scheels. There will also be free pizza and Pepsi products while supplies last.

Can’t make it to these fun events this weekend? Fargo Parks has you covered with indoor swimming opportunities every weekend in February and March! Check out Open Swim at Fargo South Indoor Pool on Saturdays and Sundays in February and at Fargo North Indoor Pool on Saturdays and Sundays in March.  

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Winter Family Fun

Just because it is winter in Fargo doesn’t mean you should hibernate!  Get outside and celebrate winter at one of the fun, free events offered by the Fargo Park District this weekend:

Cardboard Sled Race

Cardboard Sled - SS Image - Web sizedPut together a one of a kind sled and show us what you’ve got at a fun-filled morning the Cardboard Sled Race on Saturday, January 30 from 8:30 am–12:00 pm. The races take place at Mickelson Park as a part of Frostival’s North of Normal Games. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the races start at 10:30 am.

The event is free but participants are encouraged to pre-register. The Fargo Park District will provide cardboard boxes, scissors, and tape the day of the race to build the sleds while supplies last. Participants are allowed to bring their own supplies including glue, and glitter as long as all materials are on the approved list. A special thank you to Hornbachers for donating cardboard for this event.

Cross Country Ski Race

The Fargo Park District is hosting Cross Country Ski Races for both youth and adults on Saturday, January 30 at Edgewood Golf Course. Races will begin at 9:00 am.

There is a combination of classic and skating style races for all age groups ranging from 1-6K. Registration is available onsite. The youth race fee is $12 with a $4 fee added for additional races. Adult races are $17 with the additional race fee of $4. Lunches will be served after the races in the Edgewood Chalet. Each participate will receive a free t-shirt. This is an official event of Frostival. To view all the races that are offered visit fargoparks.com.

Family Winteriffic Day

Enjoy an afternoon of fun activities for the whole family at Family Winteriffic Day on Saturday, January 30 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Edgewood Chalet. Have fun in the snow with free sledding rentals, cross-country ski rentals, snow shoe rentals and Clydesdale sleigh rides.  Concessions are available at the Edgewood Chalet and Divots at Edgewood.

Frostville at Frostival

Frostival, an event celebrating the cool of winter in one of the coolest places around, is happening all weekend long.  Visit frostival.com for a complete list of things to do in the metro area. The main hub of activity for Frostival is Frostville!  Be sure to bring the kids to Frostville happening at the Depot on Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  There are a variety of fun activities taking place inside the Depot as well as outside.  Bring your skates and take part in Winter Rocks Ice Skating at the Downtown on Ice skating rink.

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Frozen Fantasy Family Dance

frozenfantasyThe Fargo Park District is hosting the eighth annual Frozen Fantasy Family Dance. This family dance event is held from 7:00-9:30 pm on Saturday, January 23 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 is music, dancing and light refreshments served throughout the evening. A professional photographer is available to take your family photos.

Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are $5 per person, 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 visit fargoparks.com

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Blizzard Bash

Bring the family and celebrate all the fun things about winter at Blizzard Bash.  The Fargo Park District, Scheels Arena and West Fargo Park District are hosting Blizzard Bash from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday, January 18 inside the Scheels Arena.

This free event, formerly known as Hockey Fest, begins with a free matinee movie featuring Frozen beginning at 1:30 pm. The movie is sponsored by Luther Family Ford.  Free popcorn and Pepsi products will be available, while supplies last.  Bring your skates and enjoy free open skate, along with carnival games and crafts after the movie.

Blizzard Bash is a free community event with free parking. The Scheels Arena is located at 5225 31 Ave S, Fargo.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or go to www.fargoparks.com

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Fargo Park District Seeks Candidates for Executive Director Position

The Fargo Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking an energetic visionary to lead a growing community’s park district.  Roger Gress, the current Executive Director, announced his intentions to retire after 29 years of distinguished service in June of 2015. He intends to retire no later than December of 2016.

Built on a strong foundation of tradition, the Fargo Park District is looking for a motivated leader with established skills to both create and collaborate within the metro community.  The board is interested in an inspiring leader with a strong financial and business background; somebody who is solution-oriented, innovative, has problem solving skills, and a passion for people and parks.

A selection committee consisting of the following board members and local business leaders has been set to interview qualified candidates and provide a recommendation to the full Fargo Park District board of Commissioners; Mary Johnson, Barb Johnson, Ron Sorvaag, Sherri Thomsen, and Pat Traynor.

This contracted position will be posted through February 15, 2016. A complete list of qualifications for the position is available on the job posting at fargoparks.com. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business management, public or business administration, parks and recreation administration, or a relevant field of study is required. A minimum of 5 years of related upper level management experience is required. This position reports directly to the elected five-member Board of Commissioners.

Interested candidates should complete an online application no later than Monday, February 15, 2016. Include a cover letter, references, current resume and salary expectations. This position includes an excellent benefit package and salary range of $125,000 to $175,000 DOQ.

The Fargo Park District mission is to provide quality recreational and leisure services at an affordable price to improve the quality of life for all residents of Fargo.

For more information, go to www.fargoparks.com/employment. If you still have questions after reviewing the posting and full job description, please contact the Fargo Park District Human Resources department at 701-499-6085.

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Local Charities Benefit from Collections at Santa Village

The Fargo Park District hosted the 29th Annual Santa Village at Rheault Farm November 28 through December 23. During this time there were over 14,900 visitors that came to the event and gave donations to benefit those in need in our community.SantaVillage_Color_Web

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.

During the 2015 Season of Giving, $3,153.80 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 8241 pounds of non-perishable food items donated to the Great Plains Food Bank. This was 421 pounds more than in 2014. Over 1,200 new and gently used toys were given to the YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center. Santa Village also delivered 4,431 letters to Macy’s, who in turn donated $1 per letter to the Make a Wish Foundation North Dakota.

“Each year the community confirms the value of sharing with others,” says Tricia Wehrle, Program Coordinator for the Fargo Park District. “I am always amazed at the generosity of the families that visit Santa Village and their desire to help others. Their donations helped brighten the holiday season for our community’s needy children and their families.”

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Crown Trophy, Cass Clay, Duane’s House of Pizza, Dabbert Custom Homes, Berkshire Hathaway, Heritage Homes, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, JDP Electric, Ruby Tuesday, VisionBank, Wanzek Construction and other area businesses.

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2016 Shelter Reservations begin January 4

For people planning events at Fargo Park District shelters in 2016, we will begin taking reservations starting January 4. The following parks have rentals: Lindenwood Park, Island Park, Oak Grove Park , Rabanus Park, Rheault Farm and Trollwood Park.

Check on line at fargoparks.com for reservation guidelines and forms.  Reservations can be made for half day or full day rentals.  Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Reservations for the Lindenwood Campground will begin January 11, 2016.

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Neighborhood Outdoor Rinks & Warming Houses Open December 30

pond hockeyThe Fargo Park District will be opening six warming houses and outdoor skating rinks December 30. Locations opening include Clara Barton, Horace Mann, Kennedy, Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. The new Downtown on Ice Rink will open December 31. Additional locations will open as ice conditions and weather allows.

Bring your own skates.  Dress warmly.  Hockey is allowed at the neighborhood outdoor rinks in designated areas.  Hockey play is not allowed at the Downtown on Ice Outdoor Rink.

Neighborhood rink hours this week are Noon-8:00pm. Regular hours starting January 4 at the neighborhood warming houses are Monday-Friday from 3:30-8:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 12:00-8:00 pm. The regular hours for the Downtown on Ice rink are Monday-Friday from 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 1:00-9:00 pm.

For New Year’s Day, January 1, the warming houses at Roosevelt, Clara Barton and the Downtown on Ice Rink will be open. All other warming houses will be closed January 1. Hours will be Noon- 8:00pm at Roosevelt and Clara Barton. The Downtown on Ice Rink will be open Noon-9:00pm.

Hours are subject to change according to weather conditions. Warming Houses will be ice skatingclosed 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 www.fargoparks.com or contact the Fargo Park District weather information line at 701-298-6915.

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

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What to do over the Holiday School Break?

‘Tis the season when the kids get all excited about school vacation and new toys! However, it doesn’t take long for the kids to get bored and the parents to wonder where they can go to get out of the house. During this holiday break the Fargo Park District has a few indoor and outdoor options to consider…..
Indoor Play Spaces
CP_Playground015For the younger kids, the indoor playground at Courts Plus is open every day. The cost is $2/child. Adults & Child under the age 1 are FREE. Groups of 10 or more should call in advance for reservations. For the older kids, Courts Plus has daily open gym times. Click here for the gym schedule. If you aren’t a member, day passes are available for $5 for youth and $7 for adults. Courts Plus also offers some Holiday Day Camps, December 28-31. Activities include team and individual sports, playground games, art projects, outdoor activities, movies and time on the indoor playground. Make the most of your child’s day off and assure they’re entertained all day long at Courts Plus! All activities will take place at Courts Plus and local parks. Campers should be ready to play outside every day of camp, weather permitting. The hours are 1:00-4:00pm daily and pre-registration is required. The daily cost is $10.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. For registration information call Katie Trottier at Courts Plus, 701-237-4805. Check out www.courtsplus.org for Holiday Hours and Schedules.

Drop In Activities:

Indoor Open Skate
Since the weather has not allowed for making ice at the outdoor rinks, you can still get some indoor time at the Sports Arena, Saturday, December 26 from 9:00am-Noon, and Monday-Thursday, December 28 – 31 from 11:00am-1:00pm. The cost is $2.55 for children 12 & under, $3.30 for children 13-18, $3.55 for adults – over 18, and $5.6open skate0 for families. Make sure to bring your skates because skate rentals are not available on site.

Drop-In Hockey is offered regularly on Wednesdays now through February 17 from 11:30-1:00pm at the Coliseum. The next one is December 28. Pucks are provided. The fee is $5/session. Goalies are free. This is for ages 18 and up and no checking, slap shots or fighting is allowed.

Open Gym is scheduled for January 2-3. This is time for everyone to have some fun. The youth open gyms are scheduled at Longfellow, Roosevelt, Centennial, Clara Barton, Lincoln, and Osgood Kindergarten Center from 1:00-4:00pm. North High Fitness Center and Walking Track is open from 12:00-4:00pm on Sunday only. Bring a basketball. Open gyms are free admission.

The Open Swim is also scheduled January 2-3 at Fargo South High Indoor Pool, 1:00-5:00pm. Admission is $2.30 for youth 17 and under, $3.60 for adults, and $7.20 for families.

Outdoor Activities:
Sledding Hills are located at Edgewood and Mickelson Park. Over the holiday break Dec. 26 – Jan. 2, they will both be open Noon to 8 PM. Cross-Country Skis and snow shoes can be rented at Edgewood. The grooming schedule is available on line. Trails are groomed if weather and snow conditions permit it.

Open for its first season this year, Mickelson Park is the newest sledding hill. Sledding takes place on the new Oak Street Levee that was completed this year. This sledding hill also has a new warming house space to use when taking a break.

What about Outdoor Rinks? The staff is trying hard to flood the outdoor skating rinks at times when the water will freeze but the temperatures have still been too warm and the ground is not completely frozen. We ask that you please refrain from skating on the outdoor rinks until we can officially announce their opening. Any cracks or breaks will only delay the final preparations and keep everyone from enjoying nice, smooth skating rinks. We appreciate your help in this matter and look forward to a fantastic skating season in the near future.

We hope you have a very merry holiday season! Enjoy some play time both inside and outside during the school break. Check the website at fargoparks.com for schedule updates and weather cancellations.  Call the info hotline for updates too: 701-298-6915.

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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 16-18 from 4:00-7:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday, December 19-20 from 1:00-8:00 pm, Monday-Tuesday, December 21-22 from 4:00-8:00 pm and Wednesday, December 23 from 1:00-8:00 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 16-18               4-7 pm
  • December 19-20               1-8 pm
  • December 21-22               4-8 pm
  • December 23                     1-8 pm

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Crown Trophy, Cass Clay, Duane’s House of Pizza, Dabbert Custom Homes, Berkshire Hathaway, Heritage Homes, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, JDP Electric, 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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