Pequot Lakes splash pad may open yet for test run

Apartment complex may be built in Heart of the Good Life development

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The Pequot Lakes splash pad, shown Sept. 2, 2022, is built on a concrete pad shaped like a bobber.
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PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes City Council is holding out hope that residents will still get to enjoy the city splash pad in Trailside Park yet this year.

All fixtures are installed on the red and white concrete pad that’s in the shape of a bobber. The city is awaiting the plumber to make the final connections.

Plans were to have a test run yet this year - possibly Saturday, Sept. 17 - with a grand opening right before Memorial Day weekend in May 2023, the council learned at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The test run depends on the plumber and the weather.

Apartment complex

The council, which had a special meeting on this topic last month, learned the planning commission will recommend that the council rezone land east of the Paul Bunyan Trail and west of the Larsen Parkway extension to a Patriot Residential Zone and support an apartment complex concept in part of the Heart of the Good Life development.


Corner Lot Development has made an offer to build a 65-unit apartment complex, somewhat adjacent to the Xcel Energy building.

If a Patriot Residential Zone is created, it could allow apartments, townhomes and multi-family units.

Public safety

When asked about vandalism on city signs, notably a swastika on a city sign, Police Sgt. Ryan Franz said the police department is aware of this.

The council approved a union contract agreement for Franz, or the sergeant position.

Police had 355 calls for service in July.

The Pequot Lakes Fire District had nine calls in August, including three calls to Breezy Point, four calls to Pequot Lakes and one call each to Jenkins and Loon Lake townships.

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In other business Sept. 6, the council:

  • Heard from Robin Sylvester, who introduced herself as a candidate for the Crow Wing County Board District 2 seat.
  • Agreed to look into water flow issues on Griffin Circle and a small bump similar to a speed bump that the homeowners association installed without city permission on the street around 2018 to control water flow and sediment deposit in the yards on Griffin Circle. The bump is in the city’s right of way.
  • Approved using $45,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace mobile and portable radios for the police department.
  • Adopted a resolution establishing a Junior Council Member Program to allow a Pequot Lakes High School junior or senior to participate as a nonvoting member of the city council. The goal is to encourage greater youth participation in local government.
  • Hired Linda Olson as the part-time Pequot Lakes Library coordinator starting at $23 per hour effective Oct. 1.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or . Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

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