Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The city's Parks and Recreation Department is looking for photos to represent Inver Grove Heights.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Can you capture all the positive qualities of Inver Grove Heights in a single photograph? Then the city's Parks and Recreation Department wants you! The department is holding a photography contest this fall. Categories for the contest include: People and personalities, wildlife/pets and city scenes/landscapes. You do not have to be an Inver Grove resident to enter the contest, but all submitted photos must be taken within the Inver Grove Heights city limits. The photos received will be put on display at Veterans Memorial Community Center, at which the River Heights Arts Alliance will vote for a winner in each category. Winners will receive a gift card and have their photos displayed at Inver Grove Library. For contest rules and …
Friday, June 24, 2011
The City of Inver Grove Heights offers a mixed martial arts class for teens for the first time this summer.
The “No parents allowed!” disclaimer in the class description for a mixed martial arts class didn’t stop Kristine Lowen from showing up at Veterans Memorial Community Center last Wednesday to watch her son. “It was a workout, he said—that’s for sure,” Lowen said, describing her 11-year-old son Ian’s reaction to the first day of the class. “He wanted to get a little taste of [mixed martial arts]. He’s at that age where he’s interested in trying a little bit of everything. He was interested in boxing, but then this has some martial arts, too.” This is the first summer that the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Department is offering the mixed martial arts course, called “My MMA.” The class is designed for participants ages 10-17, and …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The city's Parks and Recreation Department has plenty of fun and active camps and events scheduled this summer.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Is summer one long excuse for your kids to play videogames or watch MTV? Get them off the couch and active with a selection of summer activities offered by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Here's a sampling of their offerings, taken from the Summer 2011 brochure. For more, click here. To register, call 651-450-2480 or visit this website.
For years, the city has deferred maintenance on the park system.
Cracks in the tennis courts at North Valley Park. Gathering rust on playground equipment in Skyview Park. A 40-year-old recreation building in Groveland Park. There’s no doubt that the city’s park infrastructure is showing its age, according to Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson. The only question, Carlson said, is where the city is going to get the money it needs to maintain and repair its playgrounds, sports fields and other recreation facilities. The city has 25 parks and over $9.8 million in park assets and improvements, including playgrounds, basketball courts, trails, ice rinks and other amenities. But Inver Grove Heights, hit by budget cuts, has for years deferred park maintenance, repair and replacement, Carlson said. Now, …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Recreation Superintendent Tracy Petersen spoke with Inver Grove Heights Patch about the city's new "Random Acts of Fitness" program.
Editor's Note: This summer, the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Department will be rewarding residents engaged in a fitness-related activity through its new "Random Acts of Fitness" program. We caught up with Inver Grove Heights Recreation Superintendent Tracy Petersen to find out more about the program. Read more about the program here. Inver Grove Heights Patch: What do you hope to accomplish through Random Acts of Fitness? Recreation Superintendent Tracy Petersen: The goal of the program is to keep families and neighbors healthy throughout the summer, to get them outside being active, whether it's mowing the lawn, playing catch, walking along the trail, or walking the dog. It's trying to get people engaged in the community. …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Each winter, city employees spend hundreds of hours creating and maintaining Inver Grove Heights' outdoor ice rinks. Here's how they do it.
Ever wondered what goes into the creation and maintainence of the city's outdoor ice rinks? It's a lot more work than you might think. In order to properly freeze a rink, City Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson said, the city must wait for consecutive weeks of below freezing temperatures before the city can begin flooding and freezing its outdoor rinks. Once the rinks are up and running, the work begins in earnest. Depending on weather conditions, a crew of four to six city employees clears and refloods the rinks six days a week. The job usually takes six to seven hours every day to complete, Carlson said, which means the city invests a significant amount of time and manpower into rink maintenance on a weekly basis. For more …