Ball Club community park

The youth of Ball Club have envisioned a playground for their community that’s accessible and in the shape of mikinaak, the turtle.

The process of imagining a community park began with the Ball Club Youth Group in April 2017 as they witnessed the difficulties one of their friends goes through in her wheelchair. Creating an accessible and inclusive park that also honored their Ojibwe culture became their goal. The park will be in the shape of a turtle, or mikinaak. The park will include a playground, picnic area, fire ring, seating and a basketball court.

“This has been an amazing opportunity for us and just the thought of this dream we created and making it a reality makes us happy and grateful beyond words,” Krissalyan Dahl said. Dahl is one of the planners of the project.

The Circle of Healing, Mobility Mania and Deer River Schools will host the “A Park for Ball Club” Benefit Sunday, June 23 at the Deer River High School Commons from 3-7 p.m.

Many raffle prizes will be given away including:

• Guided fishing trip for two with Tom Neustrom

• Twins Package that includes four tickets and a one-night hotel stay

• Getaway package to the Green Heron B&B on Pokegama Lake

• Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion gas grill donated by Jurvelin Hardware

• 43-inch 4K HDR Smart TV.

There will also be silent and live auctions, Ham and Turkey Bingo from 4-6 p.m. and a fish fry. Proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of the park. Raffle tickets are available by calling Paula at 218-999-0687.

To follow along with updates on the park, visit the Facebook page “Biidaajimotaage- she/he brings the news to people” or call Becky LaPlant at 218-327-8764. Donations are accepted at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Mobility Mania fund.

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