CEDA Team Member Helping to Bring Dog Park to Lewiston, MN

Article by: Rebecca Charles

CEDA team member Rebecca Charles, who serves the City of Lewiston, MN, has been working closely with a Lewiston-Altura High School student to offer a new amenity to local residents of the community.

Dog parks are an increasingly popular amenity request in communities of various sizes, and can be a differentiating factor for pet owners looking to relocate. As a part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project, Allison Bronk, Lewiston resident and Senior at the Lewiston-Altura High School recently made a proposal to the City of Lewiston to add a dog park to the community.  The student approached the Lewiston Economic Development Authority (EDA) to formally request funds to pay for a mandatory land survey.  The land survey is needed to acknowledge the boundaries of the lots which will be used for the dog park.  All other required funding for the project has been raised by the student.

Rebecca Charles of CEDA worked with the student and the EDA to understand the community’s role and inherent benefit of the project and to select an appropriate proposal for the survey.  The City of Lewiston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved funding for a land survey to be performed at the site of the old city pool for the creation of the new dog park.  The survey will be completed by Kleinschmidt Surveying of Winona.  Work is expected to be completed in mid-February of 2018.

The City of Lewiston is excited about the expanding local amenities that they are able to offer all of its citizens.  These developments are only possible because of the motivated and creative members of the community.