Commitment To Community Award Winner
The winner of our annual Commitment to Community award is St. Mathias Park and Recreation, which is a member based organization that owns and operates a 120 acre community park located in Fort Ripley.
The park provides grounds for several outdoor activities including baseball and softball, volleyball, soccer, plus a children’s playground. There is also a large pavilion and community building ideal for weddings, family reunions and other social gatherings.
Volunteers have spearheaded many new projects this year including construction of a handicap accessible, crushed granite walking trail, an addition to the playground, building a 9 hole disc-golf course, installation of a timed irrigation system in the baseball field and development of a summer evening youth softball program.
They received $500 and are also submitted to a statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Commitment to Community award. If selected amongst the statewide competition, they would win $1,000 and a trip to the Minnesota Rural Electric Association banquet in March of 2016.