ROSEAU, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $100,000 grant to the city of Roseau to help fund the South Riverview Park Project. The funding will support the second phase of the project that includes building a skate park, refurbishing a basketball court and preparing a new outdoor ice rink at the future park site.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The second phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2018. The initial phase included building a splash pad, playground and community gathering space and was completed this year. The South Riverview Park Project concept was developed by the city and the Roseau Park Board over years of community input and planning. The project will bring access to fitness and recreation resources and facilities that were previously unavailable to a community located in an isolated, rural area of northern Minnesota.
“As we planned, we were very intentional about making sure these new amenities are located in an area that’s accessible to all residents, especially the families and communities that are underserved in Roseau,” said Jeff Pelowski, Mayor of Roseau. “This project will establish a multi-generational activity center in Roseau that will appeal to a range of ages and interests. We want this project to bring our community together and encourage them to be more engaged and physically active.”
The skate park will be multi-purpose and include areas for BMX, inline skating and skateboarding, which are activities favored by kids in Roseau. The city and park board have fundraised to establish the park and make the community center free of charge to residents. The central location of the South Riverview Park also makes accessing the new resources easy via existing walking and bike trails around Roseau. The City of Roseau and the Roseau Park Board are responsible for maintaining the new park and facilities.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, the City of Roseau and kids and families from the area celebrated the grant today at a sports relay event that the park board facilitated.
“We are pleased to contribute to this project and be able to celebrate today with kids and families in Roseau,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “Our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign was established to provide new resources to kids around our state that will encourage them to be more active. The South Riverview Park Project is a great example of how the campaign is coming to life.”
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