By Joshua Schuetz
In a bid to breathe new life into the city of Kenyon’s historic Depot Park, local volunteers and students from Minnesota State University, Mankato have joined forces for a much-needed renovation project. CEDA team member Cora Boelman, emphasized the significance of this endeavor, stating, “The structure itself hadn’t been painted since the ’90s and we received grant funding from SMIF to make it happen, so it was something we could do to make a change.”
The project has faced its share of challenges, notably in rallying volunteer engagement. However, recent efforts have seen 15 dedicated volunteers come together to tackle the renovation. The interior has been painted a shade of green to match the nearby Goodhue Depot, preserving its historical charm. Depot Park has long served as a venue for family reunions, baby showers, and community events, including the upcoming “trunk or treat” celebration.
The revitalization effort has not stopped at the building itself; it has sparked discussions about the underutilized green space surrounding Depot Park. Plans are underway to explore additional enhancements and amenities for the park, with the aim of making it more attractive and accessible to the community.
CEDA Vice President Chris Giesen has been designated as the main point of contact for the project, while graduate students from Minnesota State University, Mankato are collaborating to devise various layout and improvement ideas for the park’s exterior. Boelman noted, “It’s a stepping stone for us” highlighting the potential for further transformation in the future.
The project has been made possible through grants for gallons of paint and community support, helping to offset costs and provide the necessary supplies. Located near downtown and boasting amenities like a disc golf course, Depot Park is poised to regain its status as a central hub for the community, thanks to the dedicated efforts of local volunteers and students alike.