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Community Builder: West Fargo Park District

About West Fargo Park District

Since the West Fargo Park District’s start in 1957, they have taken pride in offering programs, events, and public areas for community members of all ages, ability levels, and interests can enjoy. Today, the West Fargo Park District maintains 40 parks and facilities, preserves 535 acres of park property, owns over 50 miles of trails, holds 125+ unique programs, and hosts over 30 annual community events!

“Our goal is to always provide as many free events as possible, promote inclusivity, and encourage our residents to #GetOutAndPlay all year long,” West Fargo Park District Marketing and Communications Specialist Erin Fons said.

For the continued betterment of programs and events, West Fargo Parks partners with other local organizations in the area like West Fargo Events, Three Dog Bakery, West Fargo Police and Fire Department, and First International Bank & Trust.

“The collaboration that has evolved in West Fargo has truly allowed us to bring our programs and events to the next level,” Erin said.

"To this day, the Park District has been providing essential services and confronting the most pressing issues of our time—advancing mental and physical health, creating climateready parks, supporting equity and inclusion, and so much more. We know we cannot solve these challenges alone. By partnering with like-minded organizations—including nonprofits, government agencies, academics, and corporate leaders—we bring strength to our programs and mission."

Why is this important?

With the city’s growth, the park district has the opportunity to host events and programming to make space for all people. West Fargo Parks is driven to bring people from all walks of life together, focusing on diversity and inclusion. In safe and innovative spaces, their events allow the community to meet and learn from each other.

What has happened?

“The West Fargo Park District and other park and recreation agencies are uniquely suited to serve as Community Wellness Hubs, connecting all members of the community to programs and services that advance health equity, improve health outcomes, and enhance the quality of life,” Erin said.

Event

Rec on the Go Pool Party

Tuesday, July 18, 4:30-7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Pool/Tintes Park 1201 7th Ave E

Visit a different park each month and enjoy free outdoor activities encouraging movement and creativity. Activities will include free pool admission (4:30-7 p.m.), inflatable water games, tie-dyeing free Rec on the Go t-shirts, lawn games, sports, and more. Enjoy live music from local artists and food, plus help raise funds for the West Fargo Parks & Recreation Foundation with a dunk tank! All ages are welcome, however, children ages 10 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

Play FORE the Parks

Tuesday, July 25, 12 p.m.
Maple River Golf Course 3666 163rd Avenue SE

Grab your clubs and head for the second annual Play FORE the Parks, a fundraising event for the West Fargo Parks & Recreation Foundation. The tournament will begin at 12 p.m. at Maple River Golf Club with a shotgun start format. Limited to the first 36 teams that register and participants 21+ only. For more information and to view the registration form, please visit wfparks.org/foundation or email Erin at [email protected]

Rec on the Go

Thursday, July 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Golden Wood Park 12th Ave & Co Rd 17

Visit a different park each month and enjoy free outdoor activities encouraging movement and creativity. July is National Parks and Recreation Month, celebrate with activities at Goldenwood Park, including inflatable games, tie-dying, lawn games, sports, giant bubbles, free food, and more. No registration required.

ArtNight

Thursday, August 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Armour Park 2nd Ave NW & 5th St NW

ArtNight is an outdoor, interactive, and family-friendly evening featuring multiple free youth art projects, yard games, and prizes. This year’s live musical guest will be solo acoustic artist Jon Walters. Delicious artisan pizzas made with fresh ingredients will be available for purchase from Blackbird Woodfire. The Plains Art Museum and Members of the West Fargo Public Art Advisory Committee will be in attendance to inspire and help you create.

Rec on the Go

Thursday, August 17, 4:30-7 p.m.
Maplewood Park, 1504 1st Ave E

Visit a different park each month and enjoy free outdoor activities encouraging movement and creativity. Activities will include inflatable games, tie-dyeing t-shirts (only youth sizes available this event), lawn games, sports, and more! Plus, enjoy live music from local artists and food! No registration required.

Senior Picnic

Wednesday, August 23, 12-2 p.m.
Rustad Recreation Center 601 26th Ave E

Park District staff, board and Foundation, West Fargo Police Department, and West Fargo Fire Department will be serving up grilled burgers and delicious picnic sides for West Fargo residents ages 55 and older. Seniors will enjoy a free meal, and after, join in on a game of bingo for a chance to win prizes! Preregistration is required, reserve your spot early by calling 701-433-5360.

Future Fall & Winter events!

A Walk in the Park

Date, Time & Location are TBD

Walking has been proven to provide endless health benefits for seniors, including a reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, and stroke. The West Fargo Park District is excited to invite older adults to join us for an active morning for our fall A Walk in the Park. During this free event, participants will have a choice to walk a short route or a scenic route, and after the walk, participants can enjoy music and refreshments, and a light snack.

Fall Rummage Sale

Date & Time are TBD
Veterans Memorial Arena 1201 7th Ave E

The 28th annual Fall Rummage Sale will have over 225 booths filled with baby, youth, and adult clothes, odds and ends, home items, collectibles, antiques, home-based businesses, and more! If you are interested in being a vendor, please view our vendor application form at wfparks.org/rummage-sales-2/ or contact Cole Wiechmann at [email protected].

Honkin’ Haulin’ Hands on Trucks

Date & Time are TBD
Veterans Memorial Arena 1201 7th Ave E

Kids will get the opportunity to see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of large trucks, construction, and farming equipment during this free event! Grab a picture while they pretend to drive and honk the horns. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, safety vest, lanyard, and driver’s license while supplies last!

Autumn Pumpkin Party

Date & Time are TBD

Join the West Fargo Park District for a festive afternoon filled with fall art and craft projects, pumpkin painting (pumpkins available for purchase while supplies last), and a fall-themed photo booth!

Treat Street

Saturday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m.
POW/MIA Plaza, 400 Sheyenne St

West Fargo Events and the West Fargo Park District are partnering together for an afternoon of Halloween fun at the POW/MIA Plaza and surrounding businesses!

Skate with Santa

Date & Time are TBD
The Lights, 3150 Sheyenne Street

Bring out the whole family to say hi to Saint Nick while skating to your favorite Christmas songs! Enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate while supplies last.

Written by Brady Drake

Community Builder: Fargo Park District

Mixologist of the Month: David A. Joergensen, VFW Post 7564 – West Fargo