See the Northern Lights Year Round

 In Warroad

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 the “Northern Lights” were officially finished on the Northborn sign at Allison Park. These unique Northern Lights will happen every night for locals and visitors to get a glimpse of the night sky beauty of Northern Minnesota.

Allison Park also includes an outdoor amphitheater, indoor pavilion, a grand gazebo, picnic shelters and a kid-sized splash pad and playground.  The park is located east of the Warroad downtown district along Lake Street NE, the park was previously known as Warroad Community Park.

History of Allison Park

In 2011, The City of Warroad and a Warroad citizen-led volunteer planning committee embarked to create a family-friendly park in the center of Warroad on a land parcel where the first Warroad Hospital and later Senior Living Center stood. The work began with hiring an architect, Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates in Bemidji, Minnesota.  The next step was to seek community input through an online survey and a master plan was designed from that input. The park became known as the Warroad Community Park and was thoughtfully developed in three-phases with completion in the summer 2019.

On July 3, 2019 the park was dedicated and renamed, Allison Park, a tribute to Allison Marvin and her lively, adventuresome spirit; and enjoyment of life that is also reflected in the children that live and play in Warroad today.  We are Northborn.

Past and Present Park Committee Members include:  Brian Schaible, Kathy Lovelace, Rod Kutter, Brad Baumann, Scott Borros, Jeff Parker, Mike Kvarnlov, James Jaros, Glenda Phillipe, Mark Marvin, Marg Marvin, Brenda Baumann.

Architect:  Denise Koenigsberg, AIA, Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates

General Contractor:  Scott Johnson Companies – all three phases

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