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Wendy Reuer, Published May 09 2012

Bids open today on Courts Plus upgrade

FARGO – The park board here will open bids today for construction of a new indoor playground and upgrades to the Courts Plus facility.

At a Wednesday night meeting of Fargo parks, City Commission and school board members, park district Executive Director Roger Gress said the project will give the community a place to come together for education and wellness.

The project includes expansion and bringing up to code the Courts Plus building at 3491 S. University Drive. An addition to the building will include an indoor playground for young children as well as two classroom-size spaces and a large group classroom for community education and fitness classes.

The design of the addition to the front of the Courts Plus Building, off 34th Avenue South, will allow visitors to attend classes or events on a case-by-case basis.

“If you don’t want to be a member, that’s fine. You can get a day pass from us,” Gress said.

The park district will pay for the $2.7 million project out of its own budget, but the Fargo-Moorhead Junior League is currently fundraising to contribute $200,000 to the indoor playground equipment, Gress said.

Construction bids were requested to include the base project plus 10 alternatives that will include remodeling inside the existing Courts Plus building.

Construction should begin by June and finish by January, said board member Joe Deutsch.

“We really want to push that construction to get done by winter,” he said.

Wednesday’s annual meeting was a chance for the three Fargo government entities to give updates on future projects that could have an impact on one another.

School board member Rick Steen discussed the district’s long-range facilities plan, which he said could one day include a new elementary school in south Fargo if growth continues there.

City Administrator Pat Zavoral said there has been great interest by developers in the areas west of Davies High School and south of the Urban Plains development area. He said 62 building permits have been applied for already this year.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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