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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Second Survey Available Regarding Park & Rec Facility Improvements

The Parks & Recreation Department has created a second survey seeking further feedback from residents on the planning for improvements at its City ice arenas and ball fields.

This 2nd survey will take approximately 3-5 minutes to complete and takes a more detailed review of the priorities for each of the facilities being considered for improvements.  
The online survey will be available for completion through Friday, May 29th and can be found at the following link:

Local Option Sales Tax proposal update
In January 2020, the City Council of East Grand Forks requested authority from the MN State Legislature to hold a local vote on the use of a 1% Local Option Sales Tax to fund the proposed improvements.  In March 2020, representatives from the City of East Grand Forks testified to the MN House of Representatives Tax Committee about importance of these projects for East Grand Forks. A hearing with the MN Senate Tax Committee was scheduled and later cancelled due to COVID-19. 

As a result of the COVID-19 situation, all MN Local Sales tax proposals have been put on hold through July 2021, and the MN State Legislature intends to create a committee that further discuss when and how communities can pursue Local Option Sales Tax in future years.  

For more information on what our community has done to date in planning for Recreation Facility Improvement projects, please visit  

Survey Results will be shared with Parks & Recreation staff, commission members, and the City Council of East Grand Forks as part of the long-term planning process for improvements at our facilities. For more information, or questions, contact Reid Huttunen at  

Survey Access:
Recreation Facility Improvements Info: 

East Grand Forks Parks & Recreation
600 DeMers Ave; East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Phone (218)773-8000; Webpage:

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