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Brainerd Park Board to sell skateboard park equipment to Mount Ski Gull

Brainerd’s skateboard park equipment will have a new snowy home as it leaves the city.

Tony Sailer, Brainerd Parks and Recreation director, reported the park board accepted a $1 bid from Mount Ski Gull for the city’s skateboard park equipment. Sailer’s written report was before the Brainerd City Council Monday night.

Mount Ski Gull will be responsible to move the equipment for use in its snowboard park. The city originally purchased the equipment with a donated $100,000 grant from KABOOM!

In December, Sailer said the League of Minnesota Cities said Brainerd needed to close the skateboard park because it was a liability issue with a cracked and uneven concrete pad. The estimated cost to replace the concrete was $20,000.

The skateboard park was built in Jaycees Park in southeast Brainerd in 2004. The city reported the park was vandalized on a regular basis, including substantial damage a year ago this month. The city closed the park last March. Kindboards Shop in downtown Brainerd organized a social media campaign to get volunteers to cleanup the park in an effort to find another option than closing it.

Nila Patrick, downtown Brainerd business owner, met with the park board on Jan. 28 and said her group was no longer interested in the skateboard park equipment. Sailer reported the group was still looking for a skateboard park site and fundraising.

In other business, the council:

Received a committee recommendation for James Norwood on the planning commission with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2015.

Learned the Brainerd Fire Department responded to 141 emergency calls in January for a dollar loss of about $125,000.

Heard the outdoor ice skating rinks have been busy this winter. Through Jan. 26, the parks department reported there were 1,496 skaters at Gregory Park, 1,489 at Bane Park and 3,436 at Mill Avenue Park.

Learned a second selective tree-cutting phase was approved by the park board for Trailside Park off Beaver Dam Road, which is expected to take place next winter.

Adjourned to a closed session to discuss union negotiations and plans to meet Feb. 11 at the Brainerd Police Department for a strategic planning session.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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