Dog Park is Coming to Ortonville!

(photo credit:  Dustin Roggenbuck)

Although the meeting notes will be posted later, there are a couple of highlights that we’d like to share!

Many of you are aware that a group has been raising money over the past two years to help with the construction of a dog park in Ortonville – and they have raised $6,000 to help with this project!  Dustin Roggenbuck was at the Park Board/Park Work Group meeting last night and shared an update.  Over and above the funds raised, there are others that have committed to assisting with their time and equipment.  Hasslen Construction has already assisted by surveying the area for the Dog Park which Dustin described as the land west (behind) Hartman’s Super Valu  and next to the bike trail.  Dustin has been working with the City to arrange a location, obtaining access to water and electricity to this location.  The City has to set up temporary power at the foot of the lake each year for Cornfest (well, they don’t have to – however, this is one of the ways that the City helps out with this Chamber event in our community) and now with the expanding activities at the south end of Big Stone Lake such as Lake Days and the Dog Park, the City is looking into constructing a permanent electrical hub.  Dustin has also been talking with Suzanne Souza on ways that the Big Stone County 4-H can get involved with the Dog Park – one of which will be by designing an obstacle course.  (another awesome example of 4-H youth at work within our communities!)

A group of community advocates raising funds – finding partnership opportunities with the City and the Big Stone County 4-H – makes for a great project foundation!!

Brian Leaders of the National Park Service attended last night’s meeting to hear what the group has been working on and then provided ideas on how the group can bring together all of the information that has been gathered (through meetings, surveys and from those that have stayed involved by reading the information posted to this website and sending (or calling) in their input) He also shared project ideas that other communities have been and are working on.  Our next steps will be following his suggestions and pulling the Plan together – watch for more information to be posted here!


July 19, 2016, Meeting Notes

The Agenda for this meeting was:

Action items for the next meeting are:

  • Each person attending should bring three to five recommendations based on information that has been received through the Park Survey.
  • A focus at the next meeting will be to create a doable list (June 2016 through June 2017)
  • Identify who will be facilitating the meetings.
  • Set Next Meeting (August Brian of NPS could attend)

The notes taken from this meeting can be found at this link: 
2016-07-19 Park Workgroup Meeting Notes

The next meeting is being scheduled…  🙂

Ortonville Park Plan Work Group Meeting May 25th

The next meeting of the Ortonville Park Plan Work Group is scheduled for:

May 25, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Ortonville Library Media Center
(Lower Level of the Ortonville Public Library

At this meeting we will briefly discuss the following topics:

  • Review the “Brief Analysis of the Ortonville Parks” (soils, vegetation, etc.)
  • Discuss the Student Presentations
  • Review the Survey
  • Discuss next steps and general timeline of the Park Plan Process

Final Student Presentations

The final student presentations were given on April 29th in the Ortonville Library’s Media Center.  I’m going to veer off from my usual “official detailed summary” to say the presentations and the possibilities provided by the students were A-W-E-S-O-M-E !  We will be setting the next meeting soon to discuss the possibilities provided by the presentations, the vegetation assessment that was received and the survey results.  I will be sending an e-mail to everyone that has asked to be kept up-to-date on this project so that we can select a day and time that will work best for this next meeting.  The process of creating a plan that will ultimately be approved by the Ortonville Park Board and sent as a recommendation to the City Council will now begin.





Park Survey Results

Links to the Park Survey Results (PDFs)

All Survey Results

Results from Residents of only Ortonville

There were several questions that required a more free and detailed response so we have listed them separately:

Q7 – Is there a park use not available that you wold like to see added?

Q11 – What do you think the City’s top three priorities should be when it comes to the Ortonville Park System?

Q14 – Is there a Park that you think could be a greater asset to Ortonville if it had upgrades or was re-purposed?

Q17 – Other comments

FYI – The next meeting for the Park Plan has not been scheduled yet.

I leave you with an aerial picture  – to imagine the potential…  Enjoy!

Cultural Center and Pier


Park Plan First Meeting – Meet the Group! – UPDATED

Presentations (1 of 1)

We had our first Ortonville Park Plan meeting with Brian Leaders of the National Park Service, Kevin Bencham of South Dakota State University Landscape Architecture, and the students.  In this first meeting, Brian summarized the assistance that is available to Ortonville and Kevin provided an overview of the goals for his students for this project.  The students had traveled to Ortonville in January to explore our town and parks on their own (without a local guide).  The students have since had the freedom to prepare their individual perspectives which is providing six different aspects for the parks and how they tie in with the area around us.  It was very interesting (and inspirational) to hear from students coming into our town for the first time – to see through their eyes what we have here in our part of the world.

♦ The students will continue to work on their individual plans. (we will be posting PDF’s soon with the presentation boards used during this meeting)

♦ John Ball of SDSU will be bringing his students to Ortonville in March to review vegetation resource assessment including tree risk assessment and soils, woody plant inventory including species, size, condition and location plan – GIS; and develop site-specific planting specifications and plant selection.

♦ The Survey Results (116 surveys) were provided to the group for inclusion in the process.  Ryan Sharp of Kansas State Univeristy – Park Management and Conservation along with his students will assist with review of survey data.

♦ Those wishing to provide comments to be considered in the process should send their comments and/or questions to Vicki Oakes at – the information will be forwarded to the appropriate contact.

The first video below provides introductions of those assisting with the Ortonville Park Plan along with an overview of the assistance that we will be receiving.   The second video is the full presentation and discussion video.

(Use the Full Screen option below for a larger video!)

PDF’s of the Student Research Boards shown at the meeting:






Brady Aldrich-1 (1)


Presentation Board #1.1


Sneak Peak at Park Report Results

Ortonville MN Golf Course
Ortonville Golf Course 2015

Have you completed the Ortonville Park Survey – one for every member of the family that uses or is interested in the parks?  If so – THANK YOU!  If not, please do – we would appreciate your input!

We have received 107 surveys – this link will give you a sneak peak at how the results are coming in.  The link is only good for a day – so check it out soon!  🙂

52% responding so far live within the City Limits
30% live 0 to 10 miles from Ortonville

Get involved in local government – your input is needed and appreciated!

Link (expires tomorrow!)


If you have not taken the survey, here is the link to our Survey page:


Take the Park Survey (Please!)


As we start the process of creating a City of Ortonville Park Plan, we are looking for your input.

Input that we receive through this survey will be used in the creation of the City’s Park Plan.

Note:  The Survey does ask for your first and last name.  This information is used to verify that the survey has been completed by a person and that one person has not completed multiple surveys.  Your name will not be included in reports, etc.  We realized that this does not guarantee a 1:1 survey; however, we are hopeful that the  outcome of this survey will provide a solid reflection of what the community would like our Park system to be.  We encourage all family members to individually complete the survey!

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and encourage others to do so as well!

Please Click here to take the survey!