Katie Zuraff stepped in front of the Clarkfield City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday, to ask the city to act as a fiscal agent for a group of families interested in improving the playground at North Park.
Zuraff and her group, whom she titled as the Young Families of Clarkfield, had applied for one of the Clarkfield Area Community Foundation grants—in the amount of $500. Yet, as the group is not a legally recognized non-profit organization—the CACF asked them to find a fiscal agent, or host for the project. Thus, Zuraff—a mother of two and the wife of Clarkfield Lutheran pastor Chris Zuraff—found herself in front of the council.
The council happily agreed to act as the fiscal agent for the group’s project with councilman Neil Linscheid saying, “I?think what you doing is great. As a council, we’re more than happy to help you out. It’s a great project for the city and in line with some things that are already in the works.”
Linscheid alluded that this project might easily come under a larger strategic plan for the city that is currently in the works. In that plan, projects like this one, would come under the direction of citizen-led committees that would seek the betterment of Clarkfield.
Linscheid, also a member of the CACF, said Zuraff’s proposal for $500 in initial funding, was a strong candidate to be approved.
Zuraff said four Clarkfield families currently comprise the group with several other local families interested. The playground that she envisions would have roughly a 20 child capacity. Based on very early research, she said they are currently projecting a $20,000 cost for the entire project.
Zuraff’s playground would be located where the current playground at North Park is. That playground includes a swing set and toys that have a spring-like action that children can ride.
Public Works Director, Jeff Lobdell, attending the meeting on other business, said that his department would be happy to help in Zuraff’s project. He indicated that some of the equipment currently at the park was wanting and expensive to replace. He also indicated that playground equipment manufacturers would be able to help in planning the site.