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Master planning meeting addresses improvements to Fonner Park

People give opinions on how Fonner Park could improve during Master Planning Meeting at The...
People give opinions on how Fonner Park could improve during Master Planning Meeting at The Nebraska Building.(Diamond Nunnally (KSNB))
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 11:05 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Stakeholders hosted their first-ever Master Planning Meeting to discuss future improvements to Fonner Park on Monday. They focused on upgrading infrastructure and the existing facilities.

The Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation served as the leader and represented other entities who support and use the grounds. This was the first time stakeholders weren’t the only ones invited but the public could also give input.

“Our fairgoers are out here (Fonner Park) two, three times, some come all eleven days. They know what needs to happen,” said 1868 Foundation Executive Director Lindsey Koepke.

At the meeting, people broke into groups and discussed their suggestions to a representative. Gaylord Martens, from Grand Island, who comes to Fonner Park often for events wanted to see a few things get done.

“I think they need to do some development on the east side,” Martens said. “Maybe move some of the horse barns a little farther east, so we can make the regular market place better, bigger.”

Koepke believes this meeting is going to set them up for success over to the next 40 to 50 years. The plan is expected to be presented to the state fair board for a vote in December.

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