FARGO — Representatives of the city of Fargo, the Fargo Park District and Fargo Public Schools held a joint meeting Monday, Aug. 5, and highlighted a number of collaborative initiatives and projects.

Dave Leker, interim executive director for the park district, touched on park district projects, including the plaza area of the Block 9 multi-use building under construction in downtown Fargo. Leker said the project will be a great addition to downtown and serve as a venue for many activities, including possibly hosting musical bands on a weekly basis.

When it comes to other projects, improvements are planned for Lindenwood Park and Island Park, with the latter looking to upgrade its swimming pool facilities, he said. According to Leker, one thing Island Park could use is a 50-meter lap pool.

Leker also outlined the many ways the park district, school district and city partner up to provide services, including the use of indoor swimming pools, as well as outdoor athletic fields and trails.

Rupak Gandhi, superintendent of Fargo Public Schools, summarized several initiatives the district has embarked upon, including focusing on preparing students for career and technical opportunities, as well as helping students in the area of social and emotional learning.

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The latter is important, he said, because students increasingly are coming to school having experienced some type of trauma in their personal lives.

The meeting concluded with a social gathering where representatives from city agencies could chat and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.

Inviting people to take part in the refreshments, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said the contributions made by the park district and school district "help us as a community to sell this community."