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The Park Commission an advisory board to the city council, the Cokato Planning Commission, and other City agencies, in all matters pertaining to the conduct of the complete program of recreation opportunity within the City of Cokato.
The commission is guided by municipal ordinance, Chapter 2, Part 10 (Sect. 210.01) and Minnesota State Statutes, 412.501.
Per city ordinance, the commission is comprised of five members, one of which is a member of the council. The administrator and public works director are ex-officio members of the board.
Joe Harmala, Chair
Carl Harju (council rep.)
Jeff De Grote (city staff rep.)
For questions regarding board actions, please contact city hall.
Peterson Park, located on Broadway and Fourth Avenue, forms the hub of Cokato. The 4.8-acre park is adjacent to both the business district and the elementary school, and is the site of many community activities. Playground equipment, ball diamonds, and a steep hill for winter sledding are used extensively by youngsters throughout the year. Peterson Park is also home to Cokato’s premier annual event, the Corn Carnival.
The whole family will enjoy Veterans Memorial Park, located on Johnson Ave. N., on the east side of Brooks Lake. A baseball field, picnic shelter, open play fields, playground equipment, a boat launching ramp, and fishing pier are all available. Additional improvements are underway to the baseball field from a matching grant award from the Minnesota Twins Community Foundation.
Young people can enjoy sports activities year-round at Mooers Avenue Park, located at Eighth Street and Mooers Avenue. In the winter, skaters making use of the hockey rink and the open skating rink can take a warm-up break in the warming house provided by the city.
There are also two tennis courts and a basketball court located across Jackson, between Fifth and Sixth streets, near the municipal swimming pool. Please see the Outdoor Recreation page for more information.
Residents of Southeast Cokato can pass time at Prairie Park, a neighborhood park located in Builders Park Addition. The park offers playground equipment, ball fields, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, and open space.
Railroad Park is home to eight horseshoe pits. It is located on Broadway Avenue, adjacent to the business district, and provides night lighting for evening use.
Unity Park was put in after a tornado struck Cokato in 1992. It memorializes residents’ efforts in restoring the city.
Trailstone Park is in the southeast corner of town, and offers playground equipment.