Access to Recreation
In 2023, the Park District finished the $1.05 million tennis court project started in 2018, unveiling three new courts complete with upgraded fencing, nets, and modern amenities. Responding to an increase in volleyball participation, the district also introduced two new sand volleyball courts, catering to the growing demand for the sport. The outdoor pool also got a new look with brand new paint and a logo stenciled at the bottom. Looking ahead, plans have been set into motion for 2024, including the drafting of blueprints for a pickleball facility at Hi-Line Park - the only outdoor pickleball exclusive facilities from Fargo to Bismarck - and a permanent bridge at Bjornson Golf Course.
The new pickleball facility coming in 2024 will feature 6 courts and a shade shelter. Up until December of 2023, $275,000 has been raised to support the construction of this facility through grants from the City of Valley City and the Garrison Diversion. Upon completion, VCPR plans to host new summer pickleball leagues and tournaments.
Events for Everyone
VCPR hosted a handful of new events in 2024. The City Park Block Party, held during the July Celebration, saw over 600 people in City Park to meet with businesses, play games, and enjoy time in the park. In conjunction with Sheyenne RiverFest, VCPR hosted the first ever Valley Parks Craft Show featuring nearly 30 local artisans and two food vendors. In the month of October, VCPR also hosted the first annual Parktober Festival in Chautauqua Park which included soup, Brockopp Brewing, a corn pit, sand volleyball tournament, fun run, bounce houses, pumpkin patch, and tractor and box car rides.
Valley City Parks and Recreation Foundation
The Valley City Parks and Recreation Foundation was established in 2023 and is committed to supporting youth programs, offering scholarships for those in need, and improving parks and recreational facilities to create spaces that promote community well-being, inclusivity, and connection. The Foundation’s goal is to support the scholarships program to ensure that the youth of our community have access to youth programs and individuals facing financial constraints can access the Wellness Center.
In 2023, employees aimed to expand their credentials with various classes including CPO, LGI, CPRP, CPSI, and North Dakota Pesticide Certification. Many are also serving on NDRPA boards including the Awards Committee, Finance Chair, Revenue Committee, Policy Action Committee, and Engagement Committee. Many employees also served on community boards like the YSC, Valley City Tourism, VCPR Foundation, Sheyenne Valley Soccer League, Summer Nights on Central, Barnes County Park Board, North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, and On The Move.