Old Wadena Park restoration to begin next year

Timber sale funds to go to forest management

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Here's what is left of the pavilion at Old Wadena Park north of Staples after winds destroyed the structure on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Contributed by Jeremy Umland

WADENA — The Wadena County Commissioners learned clean-up at Old Wadena County Park has yet to begin. The park was ravaged after an EF-2 tornado blew through on Memorial Day 2022.

During their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, commissioners were informed all trees will be piled and harvested by Bullard Bluffs, who won the bid. While the amount of funds to be gained was not known, as it depends on the cords taken, the estimate was about $20,000. The funds would go into the timber fund for replanting trees or other forest management duties.

Restoring the pavilion and campsites were approved, but site work may not begin until next year. It was also noted the park would remain closed to camping for the remainder of the year.

The commission was informed that if any expansion to the building or camp area was planned, then an archaeological survey would need to be done.

The commissioners were also informed a change may be made to the historical register at Old Wadena Park. It was suggested mapping areas of historic significance on a register would negate potential surveys that would be required for property with the historical designation.

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