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Report: Farmington parks had a busy year in 2009

Farmington's parks and recreation department is responsible for many of the activities that happen in the community, as well as the care and maintenance of parks, trails and facilities like the outdoor pool and the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena.

On April 19, Farmington parks and rec director Randy Distad presented his annual report to the Farmington City Council. The report highlighted some of the activity and accomplishments of the department in 2009. The following are some of the statistics presented.

Rambling River Center

2,500 hours of volunteer labor put in to the renovation of old city hall into a new Rambling River Center

200 people attended the grand opening on Oct. 19, 2009

18,104 participants in all of the programs offered at the Center

Outdoor facilities

6,542 total skaters counted between ice rinks at Rambling River Park and North Creek Park

55 acres of grass mowed weekly at parks throughout Farmington, for a total of 1,540 acres last season

2.35 miles of paved trail added to the city's trail system, bringing the total miles of paved trails to 45.15

11,163 visitors counted in attendance at the outdoor pool

Recreation programs

3,599 youths participated in youth recreation programs

400 volunteers contributed a combined

800 hours of service in the annual Pond and Park Clean-up event

1,010 adults participated in the 11 programs offered

525 runners participated in three events at the annual Dew Run during the 2009 Dew Days celebration

Schmitz-Maki Arena

1,173 people participated in the open skating program

213 people participated in the Learn to Skate program

270 Tae Kwon Do students participated in a tournament held at the arena in May, 2009

$30,000 was paid to fix a pipe leak in the concrete floor in the arena

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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