More sod going in

    The good news is that the Crookston Splash Park continues to be heavily used by children and families. The bad news is that all that water and a lack of grass on some of the adjacent grounds in Highland Park has slowly but surely created a muddy, sloppy mess.

    The City of Crookston’s Park & Recreation Department, working with Ricard Sodding, is aiming to remedy the situation by putting sod in.

    Mayor Wayne Melbye said the initial plan was for the total cost to be around $2,000, with the City and Ricard Sodding splitting the cost. “But they said it needed to be done right,” Melbye added, so the cost ended up doubling to $4,000. “They extended the territory from where they were originally going to go,” he explained, and a different base will be put in as well almost all the way to the adjacent sidewalk.

    The area was only partially sodded when the splash park first opened.

    Parks & Recreation Director Scott Riopelle said the plan was to add the sod earlier this year, but “time got away from us.”

    The plan now is to do the work sometime next week.

    City council members and Finance Director Angel Weasner assured Melbye and Riopelle that the money will be found in the budget to cover the increased cost for the additional sod.

    “It’s tough up there right now for the kids with all the mud,” Melbye said.

    “We need to do this right, because this is something in our community that gets used a lot,” Ward 4 Council Member Dennis Regan added.