The issue of a Little Falls Community Recreation Center returns

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Little Falls Activities Director Aaron Sinclair brought drafts of a possible Community Recreation Center to the School Board meeting Monday. He told the directors a task force was being planned to investigate the idea of erecting a Center north of town.

“This would be a benefit for the entire community,” he said. “Just one of the plans would be to connect the Center with the proposed Veterans Trail.”

The land proposed for the Center’s use is currently owned by Mike Corrow and Jerry Thomas and would need to be purchased.

The task force would consist of nine people. Three from the Little Falls School District, three from the city of Little Falls and three at-large representatives.

Supt. Stephen Jones would like to see Sinclair, Principal Tim Bjorge and another on that task force.

In drafts of the site, several parking areas, horseshoe courts, a splash pad and a basketball court would be erected on land south of Edmund Street and to the west of the Little Falls Assembly of God Church. On parcels north of Edmund Street and west of County Road 76, the draft showed several baseball fields, a community center and more parking.

Jones said the proposed recreation area would be part of the community for decades to come and urges local residents to come to a meeting at Little Falls City Hall Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Director Mark Gerbi said that a recreation center has been talked about for years in the community. He said that a key stakeholder is necessary to make it a reality.

“If the district is involved, that lends credibility to the project,” he said. “We need to take a serious look at this.”