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Colfax intends to remain in Dunn County Outdoor Recreation Plan

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has decided Colfax should remain as part of the Dunn County Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Some grants require an outdoor recreation plan in order for the municipality to receive the grant money, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, at the Colfax Village Board’s September 26 meeting.

Dunn County requires authorization from the village board confirming the village’s continued participation in the plan, she said.

The existing Dunn County Recreation Plan covers the years 2010 to 2015. The new recreation plan will go into effect January 1, 2017.

If Colfax is not part of the Dunn County plan, then the village would need to have its own plan, said Keith Burcham, village trustee.

“What is the advantage to being in the county plan?” he asked.

In addition to making Colfax eligible for certain grants, being in the county plan also could help with tourism in Colfax, Niggemann said.

The parks committee will have to review the county’s plan and update the Colfax portion of it, and after the parks committee makes a recommendation, the village board would have to approve a resolution adopting the new plan, she said.

According to Dunn County’s plan, “limited resources make it difficult to develop and add new park facilities. Communities should focus their resources on upgrading and improving existing parks. Increasing the quality, variety and accessibility of the facilities can improve the attractiveness and use of existing facilities.”

Colfax parks currently listed in the Dunn County Outdoor Recreation Plan include Iverson Park, the Colfax Fairgrounds, Tom Prince Memorial Park (referred to in the plan as the Colfax Village Recreation Park/Softball Fields), Halpin Park, J.D. Simons Memorial Park (referred to in the plan as the North and South Dam Park/Triangle Park), Tower Park and Stuart Park.

Dunn County’s plan includes a section on planned improvements for recreational facilities.

“The five year improvements schedule does not legally obligate Dunn County or any other participant to complete all, or any, of the items listed,” according to Dunn County’s Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Improvements to Colfax parks in the 2010 to 2015 outdoor recreation plan include the Colfax Fairgrounds (2011; concrete dance floor and seating); Iverson Park (2012; playground equipment); Colfax Fairgrounds (2014; restrooms); Tom Prince Memorial Park (2014; lighting for the second ball field).

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved sending the Dunn County Outdoor Recreation Plan to the parks committee for review and recommendations.

Village Trustee Mark Halpin was absent from the meeting and Village President Scott Gunnufson appeared at the meeting via an Internet connection since he was out of town on work-related activities.

The parks committee is expected to meet at some point in October.