A great addition to park

A proposal to build a nature playground in Minot’s Oak Park would be a nice addition to the location.

The plan, unveiled at a Minot Park District meeting earlier this week, would construct four stations along the walking trail in the Camp Owetti area of Oak Park. The stations would be geared toward children ranging from 5 years old to 12 years old, and would include a lookout center, log tunnels, natural balance beams, natural trains and a log fort that would include tree cuttings to give park visitors the chance to study tree rings.

City forester Brian Johnson said he envisions something simple that would help children learn about nature, and the plan put forth certainly sounds like it would fit the bill in both categories. Johnson said Minot’s Forestry Department could do the construction itself with logs it already cuts, so no additional trees would have to be cut down.

The committee passed the proposal without any dissent, and Johnson said work could begin this spring, with a completion day in time for Arbor Day celebrations. The project would be a low-cost, low-maintenance addition to Oak Park, making it even more attractive to visitors to the city. Let the construction work begin.