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FM Rotary Foundation wins MoorHeart Award!

Post Date:06/10/2024 7:00 pm

Congratulations to Heather Ranck and the FM Rotary Foundation! On June 10, 2024, the Moorhead City Council and Mayor Shelly Carlson presented them with the MoorHeart award.

The FM Rotary Foundation developed the Rotary Natural Play Hill and Bike Park at Riverfront Park which will open June 20. The FM Rotary Foundation encourages everyone in Moorhead to play outside yearlong in an enriching, natural environment, and this park is an impactful new addition to our community! The FM Rotary Foundation’s nomination includes the following statement:

“Heather Ranck has been the champion of the Rotary Natural Play Hill and Bike Park at Riverfront Park. The project, in planning since 2018, will soon provide the community an inspiring hilltop play area overlooking the Red River, with opportunities for unstructured play, interactive learning and year-round outdoor physical activity.

The project, led by Heather with participation by all five Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Clubs and FM Rotary Foundation, raised $1.15 million with the generous support of over 300 donors, including major donors the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, Scheels Foundation, and Sanford Health Foundation. Over 100 Rotary members have contributed personally to the project.  Because of this generosity, the City of Moorhead had a very nominal investment of $60,000 in this $1.2 million project that will be a long-lasting amenity for our community.

There are other amazing, generous service clubs that do wonderful deeds for our community year after year. This award does not overlook other meaningful contributions; however, the size, scope, and especially the leadership by Heather Ranck and the FM Rotary Clubs in this project makes this an opportune time to recognize this amazing gift to the community of Moorhead. 

The Play Hill and Bike Park will be free and open to the public and this amenity will be donated to the City of Moorhead, who will be responsible for regular maintenance and upkeep. The Natural Play Hill and Bike Park will be a unique destination for kids throughout the region.”

For all that Heather and FM Rotary Foundation do for Moorhead – and especially for the way they took charge of this exciting new park development - efforts like these do not go unnoticed or without thanks – the MoorHeart selection committee chose the FM Rotary Foundation to receive the MoorHeart Award. The FM Rotary Foundation is a great example of the MoorHeart spirit. Congratulations to the FM Rotary Foundation for the opening of the Natural Play Hill!

The MoorHeart award is an opportunity to recognize individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate community within our City by their actions and service. A team of volunteers from city boards and commissions selects award recipients. The MoorHeart award is commemorated with a piece of art commissioned from local artist Dennis Krull especially for this purpose.

Information on nominating individuals/organizations for the MoorHeart award can be found at (Search for MoorHeart Award.) Contributions large and small are worthy of nomination! 

Rotary Natural Play Hill (3)

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