The City of Hermantown has been exploring the possibility of a recreation initiative for the Hermantown community and greater region. Community stakeholders and the Park Board are working with the City to shape and enhance the council’s recreational initiative from January 2020, and would like to get community feedback through this survey. 

The recreation initiative includes three components: the completion of a city-wide, accessible trail system, the re-imagining of Fichtner Park, and an addition to the existing arena for another indoor sheet of ice.

The trail system would eventually cross Hermantown from the schools and Essentia Wellness Center, through Stebner Park, along the new trunk sewer and eventually through Keene Creek Park and beyond. Neighboring cities are working to connect their trail to ours, so a true regional trail system would exist.

Fichtner Park would be enhanced to include a new configuration for the baseball and softball fields, potential turf for baseball and softball, improved basketball and skatepark facilities, as well as greater accessibility and parking.

The new arena addition would include an additional sheet of ice, allowing greater access for skaters of all ages, as demand outweighs supply at our current arena. Upgrades to accessibility, parking, and the outdoor rinks would also be included.

The belief is that the projects composing initiative will help improve our region’s health outcomes and have a positive economic impact. St. Louis County is currently in the bottom 15 percent of Minnesota counties for health outcomes. These additional recreational opportunities and access points for all ages and abilities will build on the success of the Essentia Wellness Center.

The survey is anonymous and results will be shared publicly at an upcoming City Council Meeting.  If you wish, you can provide your contact information.

The survey closes at noon on March 1. We would appreciate any and all comments that you are willing to provide. The Mayor and City Council appreciate your frank and honest input during this community-wide, decision-making process.

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* 1. What is your affiliation with the City of Hermantown? (Check all that apply)

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* 2. I support enhancing and improving the trails system in Hermantown.

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* 3. I support enhancing and improving Fichtner Park.

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* 4. I support adding an additional sheet of ice attached to the existing Hermantown Arena.

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* 5. What funding options do you feel should be used for the city-wide trails project? (Check all that apply)

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* 6. What funding options do you feel should be used for the Fichtner Park project? (Check all that apply)

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* 7. What funding options do you feel should be used for the hockey arena project? (Check all that apply)

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* 8. I would be willing to make a private financial contribution to: (check all that apply)

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* 9. Check all boxes that apply to you:

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* 10. Do you have any additional feedback or advice that you'd like to provide?

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* 11. Contact info. (optional)

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