A safer playground with the help of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Leech Lake youth say their vision is 'more than just a park'
August 28, 2020
A group of tribal youth in the small northern Minnesota village of Ball Club are leading a Native nation rebuilding project that will result in a new park for their community.
Leech Lake youth have been working with the Circle of Healing group to design and fundraise for a new park in the Ball Club's second village neighborhood. The proposed playground will take the shape of a turtle, or Mikinaak, to honor the Ojibwe culture and language. The playground will be accessible for people of all abilities.
Leech Lake youth say their vision is 'more than just a park.' Scheduled to be constructed this coming spring, it includes a culturally-infused accessible playground design, a basketball court, a fire ring with seating (a 'chill space' as the youth refer to it,) and a pavilion for community gatherings.