Forum staff reports, Published September 06 2010
Andrew P. Nelson track dedication set Sept. 16A dedication ceremony for the new SSG Andrew P. Nelson Memorial Track in Moorhead is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Townsite Park, 311 10th St. S.
The ceremony will coincide with the Andrew Nelson Metro Classic cross-country meet.
Townsite Park was selected for the track location because of its proximity to St. Joseph’s School, which Nelson attended. In addition to the track, other amenities being added to the park include a long-jump launch area, four-square courts and a half-court basketball court. The interior green space of the track will be used for soccer and kickball.
Staff Sgt. Nelson was killed in 2007 while serving in Iraq. He grew up in Moorhead and was active in track and cross-country during his school years.
Fundraising efforts were organized by the Friends of Andrew Nelson Committee, and funding was secured through grants and community donations.