Residents share thoughts on Nisswa park designs

Comments for Nisswa City Park favored new pickleball courts, while those for Camp Lincoln Road parkland promoted keeping the land as natural as possible.

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Bekki Larson, right, and her son, Bode, of Lake Shore, look at a park concept plan with Mata Agre, Nisswa Park and Recreation Advisory Commission member, during a parks open house Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at the Nisswa Community Center.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

NISSWA — Around 75 people checked out architectural concepts outlining possible amenities for two Nisswa city parks during an open house Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the community center.

Parks and Recreation Director Amber Moon Peterson and Park and Recreation Advisory Commission members were there to explain the concepts and different elements within each. People were able to share comments on sticky notes and put green and red stickers next to amenities they liked and disliked.

Nisswa residents are being asked for their thoughts on development of the city's newest park - Nisswa Lake Park & Recreational Area off Hazelwood Drive on Nisswa Lake.

There were three concepts for improvements to Nisswa City Park (next to the community center with a playground, hockey rink, baseball and softball fields) and three concepts to develop a new nature park on Camp Lincoln Road on tax forfeited property the city recently acquired.

Comments for Nisswa City Park favored new pickleball courts, while those for Camp Lincoln Road parkland promoted keeping the land as natural as possible.

The concept drawings were also available for people to see and comment on at last weekend’s Nisswa Fall Festival, and they’ll be on display at the Nisswa Chamber’s Pretty Good Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge.


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HKGi, a landscape design firm in Minneapolis the city hired, created the concept drawings for each park. These initial concepts provide a high level overview of possibilities.

Next, HKGi will take the public feedback and incorporate it into one refined design for each park that will be included in a parks and recreation master plan.

That information will be shared with the parks commission and community before plan documents are finalized.

Online link

The link to the parks project website where people can view and comment on the designs through September is posted at on the parks and recreation page.

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.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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