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Willmar Parks & Recreation Receives Small MMDC Grant to Support Fountain Installation


Contact: Eric Day, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission

Phone: (320) 235-8504

Email: [email protected]

Willmar Parks & Recreation Receives Small MMDC Grant to Support Fountain Installation

New Fountain Beautifies Bill Taunton/Baker Field Space While Cutting Mosquitoes

July 2022:  The City of Willmar has received Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Funds from the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC). The City’s Parks & Recreation Department was awarded $3,000, put toward the purchase and installation of a new fountain, transforming a simple storm water pond into a feature for all to enjoy.

The new fountain can be found on the Bill Taunton/Baker Field Complex, near the corner of 22nd Street SW and 15th Avenue SW. It features an adjustable pattern as well as an automatic lighting system, which switches on at dusk. This provides an additional measure of safety for people who may walk across the grass to their vehicle after the conclusion of a Willmar Stingers game. Also, while the sight and sound of the fountain improves the space aesthetically and provides an additional opportunity for positive community interaction, it also reduces mosquito larvae through the increased circulation of otherwise standing pond water.

The Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Grant opportunity is open to 501(c)3 nonprofits, school districts, and local units of government in the MMDC region (Counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville). These organizations may apply for enhancement grants of up to $3,000 which can be used to fund:

  • Health, safety, or wellness-focused training for community members or specific professional or volunteer groups;
  • Supplies and/or equipment needed for improved emergency response;
  • Items to enhance law enforcement organization’s ability to develop positive relationships with youth, people of color, and other groups;
  • Public amenities that will promote physical and/or mental well-being or increase opportunities for positive community interaction (e.g., recreation equipment, walking path amenities);
  • Support workforce training opportunities for youth and other populations.

Since its launch, 11 Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Grants have been awarded by MMDC’s Board of Commissioners. To learn more about Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, visit

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