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Plans being made to expand Appleton’s OHV Park

By Reed Anfinson
A steering committee looking to expand and improve the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park presented its preliminary plans to the Swift County Board of Commissioners May 4.
It proposed four main areas of concentration to see the park become a larger, regional attraction. They are:
- Adding new convenience amenities
- Improving connections to the park and the City of Appleton
- Expanding the park with new land acquisitions
- Maintaining the park including the trails
To assist with development planning for the park, a steering committee was formed that includes two members of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC) in Appleton. The RDC provides planning services to local governments in Swift, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, and Lac qui Parle counties.
The RDC’s Chad Kingstrom is a community development and transportation specialist. Kristi Fernholz is the planning director with the RDC.
“The purpose of this is first and foremost to respond to user demand,” Kingstrom told commissioners. “We have a lot of people who are using the park. We are trying to capture that demand and asking the users of the park what they feel is important.”....
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