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July 14, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune 

Construction has begun at Rice Park in Willmar. Dirt work along with installing plumbing and electricity for the forthcoming shelter and splash pad started in early June. Needed soil corrections slowed the project, but work should begin next week on the major elements.
Transformation of Willmar's Rice Park begins
July 14, 2017 - 6:35am
July 1, 2017
Tribune file photo
Construction next week to affect Willmar traffic
July 1, 2017 - 12:36pm
May 23, 2017
Businessman's glasses and pen on laptop computer
Letter: Welcome the new splash pad
May 23, 2017 - 2:14am
May 2, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
Rice Park to get its splash pad
May 2, 2017 - 6:46am
April 4, 2017
Submitted  An artist's rendition shows how Willmar's completed destination park will look like.
Contract awarded for destination playground surface
April 4, 2017 - 10:10am
February 27, 2017
Sisters Kiera, left, and Kyla Wiley enjoy the Rice Park wading pool in Willmar in 2010. The pool has been closed for several years.  Bids for a project to rehab Rice Park came in over budget in 2016, and the project was shelved. The Willmar City Council last week approved rebidding the project, which includes a new splash pad and three-season shelter. (Ron Adams / Tribune file photo)
Willmar council OKs rebidding Rice Park project, drafting plans for Miller Park tennis courts
February 27, 2017 - 5:23am
February 18, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo

People use different areas of Rice Park in southwest Willmar in this Nov. 3 file photo. A project approved last year was not completed when bids came in over budget. It is hoped the project to build a splash pad and shelter in the park may be rebid this year.
After 30 years parks are in need of an upgrade
February 18, 2017 - 6:49am
November 16, 2016
People enjoy different areas of Rice Park Thursday evening in Willmar. The City Council must decide what to do about higher-than-expected bids for an extensive rehabilitation project at the popular park.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Future of Rice Park project in Willmar is uncertain
November 16, 2016 - 10:14pm
November 8, 2016
People enjoy different areas of Rice Park Thursday evening in Willmar. The City Council must decide what to do about higher-than-expected bids for an extensive rehabilitation project at the popular park.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Willmar council faces decision after Rice Park bids come in over budget
November 8, 2016 - 4:08am
June 9, 2016
Dennis Benson conducts the Prairie Woods Summer Band on Wednesday evening at Rice Park with rain moving in from the southwest.play button
Music in the Park begins another season of performances
June 9, 2016 - 7:42am
April 5, 2016
Rice Park project moves forward
April 5, 2016 - 10:35pm
March 23, 2016
The wading pool would be replaced with a splash pad if the Willmar City Council funds a makeover for Rice Park. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)
Council members have concerns about the Rice Park professional service agreement
March 23, 2016 - 11:50pm
March 17, 2016
Willmar's Rice Park requests concern committee
March 17, 2016 - 7:21pm
Rice Park updates move forward
February 17, 2016 - 7:16am
February 14, 2016
The Willmar City Council will discuss improvements for Rice Park in Willmar during its meeting, which will be Tuesday instead of Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday.
Willmar City Council to discuss park projects Tuesday
February 14, 2016 - 10:25pm