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Nisswa Lake Park & Recreational Area
The citizens of Nisswa seek to develop a lakeside park close to downtown Nisswa providing naturebased recreational opportunities and regional access and connectivity to water for residents and visitors alike. The 2.1 acre park is adjacent and north of another parcel acquired by the DNR for use as a future public water access.
The Nisswa Lake Park & Recreational Area property will offer some amenities, such as (proposed) a biking and/or walking trail, interpretative signage, observation areas, a picinc pavillion, restroom facilities, benches, a pier, a swimming area and boat docking facilities.
Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) created this Schmatic Design in October of 2015. The NLPRA Steering Committee was comprised of 20 Nisswa residents, staff, business owners, and professionals. The Steering Committee used information from the Open House in February 2015 and the concept design from the University of Minnesota Center for Rural Design to convey the vision of the property to WSN, which resulted in this design.
Leave this legacy to future generations
Friends of Nisswa Lake Park (FONLP) is a group of citizens committed to the fundraising efforts to support the park.
Through the support of more than 170 individuals, businesses and organization, the Friends of Nisswa Lake Park raised $95,000, over an 18-month period, to help support the land purchase for the Nisswa Lake Park in the fall of 2010. These dollars were used with a $500,000 Parks & Trails
Regional Legacy Grant (awarded in conjunction with the Minnesota DNR) and a generous matching pledge contribution of $300,000 from Arnold & JoAnn Johnson.
Now, The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park are continuing to raise funds to support the development and infrastructure for the park. Federal and State grants and donations from area organizations are anticipated to cover the majority of these costs, but individual donations help to generate the necessary “cash match” required of many grant projects. Contributions may be in the form of individual or business donations, “in memory or honor of”, or a planned give from your estate.
Donations to FONLP are tax deductible through a partnership with Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, a 501 c-3 non-profit organization.
• FONLP Donation Request Letter
• Donation Form (.pdf)
• Current donors (download PDF)
Make checks payable to BLA Community Foundation with a notation of “Friends of Nisswa Lake Park” fund. Send checks to PO Box 262, Nisswa, MN 56468.
For more information contact the co-chairs or email us.
Lee Seipp, 218-821-0362
Loran Knack, 218-820-5442
Reed Larson, 218-839-6387
Brian Lehman, 218-838-4158
Community Fundraising through Friends of Nisswa Lake Park
• Project explanation
• Working timeline
• Aerial map of proposed Hwy 371/Country Road 18 road changes
• Proposed Land Purchase Map
• Initial Nisswa Lake Park Vision/Map
• Friends of Nisswa Lake Park Brochure
• Proposed Hwy 371 Tunnel map
• 2012 Engineering Map: Park “High Spots and Sunlight” Map
• 2012 Engineering Map: Drainage Map
• 2012 Engineering Map: Revised Trail/Land Usage Map
• Open House Survey Results (pdf)
• NLPR History (pdf)
• Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
• U of M Concept Design (pdf)
• U of M Report (pdf)
Other Related NLPRA Documents
• Artist Rendering of Nisswa Lake Parkby local artist Jim Nagy.
• City of Nisswa Legacy Grant Application for the land purchase (2010)