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Helmut Schmidt, Published August 27 2009

Trollwood Park’s old barn must be razed

A building familiar to many in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community must be torn down due to erosion and a ruined foundation, Fargo Park District staff said.

The old hog barn at Trollwood Park in north Fargo sits on the grounds of the old Trollwood Performing Arts School. It’s one of two buildings parks staff said are unsafe or useless.

The other building, a farmhouse in Lemke Park, no longer has a renter and has asbestos issues, staff told the Park Board’s Facility Committee on Wednesday.

Carolyn Boutain, director of cultural activities, said the hog barn has a gaping hole in it and is structurally unsound.

She said the Park District would be willing to sell the Lemke Park farmhouse. Otherwise, it, too, may be demolished.

Neither building has any historic value, local and state historical society officials said in letters to the Park District.

The hog barn was once part of a tuberculosis sanitarium on the Trollwood site, but no other sanitarium buildings remain.

The committee agreed to send the issue to the full Park Board.

On another issue, the panel wrestled with the issue of whether to allow Red River Soccer to formalize a longtime arrangement to use the Pepsi Soccer Complex and other fields around town for its spring and fall youth soccer leagues, and for June and July tournaments.

Red River Soccer has about 2,000 participants.

Another group, F-M Soccer, has sprung up in the area and also needs practice and playing fields. It has 150 to 200 members, the committee was told.

Red River Soccer Treasurer Mark Thelen said it is important to his group to lock in certain dates for tournaments, and to guarantee fields for its teams to play between snow season and summer.

Eventually, it was decided that both soccer groups can lock in their schedules through 2010.

In the meantime, Park District staff will be asked to put its unwritten scheduling policies on paper, and present them to the Facility Committee for review, Park District Executive Director Roger Gress said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583