MARSHALL, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded a $50,000 grant to Southwest Health and Human Services Tuesday to help the city of Marshall build a park in an area utilized by the community for sports and other events.
“We have a very engaged and diverse community but we are lacking outdoor gathering spaces and play areas where neighbors in Marshall can gather,” said Carol Biren, Public Health Division Director at Southwest Health and Human Services. “This investment by the city and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee will help bring together neighbors from all backgrounds across this community who may not cross paths otherwise.”
The park will be near a soccer field and baseball fields and across the street from the Schwan Regional Amateur Sports Center Ballpark and the Red Baron arena. There are also 26 miles of trails that extend around the park and a new green space will be used for outdoor concerts. Interactive signage will be added to help residents navigate the space and take advantage of all community resources.
Community collaboration was required to make the park a reality. In addition to funding from the Super Bowl committee, the City of Marshall is matching those funds, Schwan’s donated $15,000, and the United Way of Southwest Minnesota donated $5,000 and a Born Learning Trail.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, the City of Marshall and organizations in the community celebrated the grant with a game of kick ball at the future site of the park and play area.
“We are so pleased to be here today to help celebrate this project with kids and families in Marshall that will provide a new place to play and be active,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “We are working hard to make sure Super Bowl LII provides opportunities for children to have what they need to play and live active, healthy lives. This new park will be that resource for kids in Marshall for many generations to come.”
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII.