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Vikings Annual Playground Build Is Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 3, 2011 – 6:39 am

For the 6th consecutive year, the Vikings will join forces with volunteers and other charitable organizations to build a new and safe playground at a local school. This year’s playground build will take place at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center.

More than 250 volunteers, including more than 100 Vikings staff members, team executives, Head Coach Leslie Frazier and coaching staff, alumni players Matt Blair, Chuck Foreman, Bob Lurtsema, John Randle, Stu Voigt and Rickey Young, along with Toro employees and organizers from KaBOOM! – a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America – will join forces to build the new and safe playground.

The new playground’s design is based on drawings provided by students who attended the Design Day in April and will use the playground. Cost of the playground’s construction is being split between the Vikings and one of its community partners – Toro.

I’ll have more details about today’s activities, including a recap of the event, later this weekend on vikings.com.


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46 Responses to “Vikings Annual Playground Build Is Today”

  1. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    It is small things like this that the state risk to lose among countless other advantages of having high profile sports figures getting involved in state charities, ETC. I am totally dumbfounded on why the state can not see how important the team and its players are to the region, I get so upset by this whole thing.

  2. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.twincities.com/ci_18158748?nclick_check=1

    Q The mayor of St. Paul and the city council have expressed serious concerns about the plan. The vast majority of Ramsey County legislators have said they’re opposed to this deal. Pretend I’m one of them. Convince me it’s a good plan.

    A First of all, the jobs it’s going to create: 13,000 jobs, including 7,000 construction jobs, more than 3,000 ongoing full- and part-time jobs. It’s going to generate a significant amount of local and state tax dollars – in excess of $20 million a year. It’s going to keep the Vikings in Minnesota for their fans. It’s easy access for everyone, being so close to the highways, whatever they’re going to the stadium for.

  3. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Call you legislatures today and given h-ell! You have too much to lose if the Vikings Move.

  4. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    no1vikingsfan, I am with U all the way.

  5. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.twincities.com/olympics/ci_18178946?nclick_check=1

    The idea of a new countywide tax, which would be exempted from a state law requiring a public vote on proposed local sales tax increases, has come under the sharp scrutiny of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and St. Paul City Council members.

    Meanwhile, two rival proposals from the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul would keep the Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, but only after millions of dollars in stadium improvements.

  6. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder why ST. Paul mayor and its City Council do not support what the Vikings want in their new stadium site.

  7. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    They want to keep the old Metrodome that is why.

  8. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Have a great day one and all.

  9. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    This whole affair reminds me of a true story that involved my grandfather, many many years ago, my grandfather as a young man meet a gentleman that wanted my grandfather to make an investment in his new company ( Vikings new stadium ) from what I heard my GF was high on the ideal and wanted to put money on this investment, but was meet with strong opposition ( Minnesota government ) his wife! My grandmother, will grandma got her way; my grandfather would not make the investment he wanted to.
    This company developed and later became now what is known as 3M, grandma stated they could not afford investing so much money in this new company, his very huge lost! Point is! If you don’t put up the money even if you feel you really can’t afford it, in the long run you can lose big time, got it Minnesota? Let’s get this stadium built.

  10. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Right on spot, no1vikingsfan! Have a great day.

  11. By Adam on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know if you guys are all ready doing this, but bring the battle to other blogs (non-viking owned) as well as this site. I don’t think there is that many people here that need convincing besides Trolls, who don’t count anyways! I usually type in Minnesota Vikings on Google search/news and select a relevant topic and have at it!
    Go Vikings!!!

  12. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Your right about that Adam, we are convincing no one here, I have not seen one person on this site oppose a new stadium, I am active on sites such as Minnesota momentum and save the vikes, if you know of any place where people meet to talk in opposition to the building of a new stadium, let us know, I am sure plenty here will make way there.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    @no1vike,

    Yeah, you are probably right that it doesn’t get any cheaper to wait.

    Someone should put out the facts of how much a stadium brings to Minnesota.

    Show people what this means in dollars and cents. Most people probably think the stadium will put them further into bankruptcy.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Most things come down to “What’s in it for me.”

    So, Mom and Pop non-sports fan will not see the need for a stadium, and will think it’s all about spending for rich people.

  15. By Titus on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    We need to be concerned about the “playground” in Arden Hills. Mike W.– all focus needs to be on the stadium. I was so confident we would not lose the Vikings, but I am starting to be very, very concerned.

  16. By Frederick Jones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    We have to be concerned about there being a season.

    That has a lot to do with the mentality towards the stadium.

    It’s a battle like the wars, and involves about the same amount of gray matter in the brain. Which is to say NOT MUCH. War is stupid, so are player-owner battles.

    I hope one of them sees my blog, and gets ticked off. Good Luck with that?!

  17. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/123068293.html?source=rss_teams_Minnesota_Vikings

    Bennett said team owner Zygi Wilf is looking at building a “first-class hotel” on the land.

  18. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    That would put more people to work in that area. Having a first class hotel on site will be More benefits for Minnesota, get out there and let the lawmakers know your feelings and for toughs of us who are out of state.

  19. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Adam, you really want to talk about a playground build, really. Do not get me wrong, that is nice and all to hear about, though I think there is more pressing things to talk about; don’t you think? Like a new stadium and if there is going to be a season in 2011.

  20. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick Jones, here are some facts,

    This is from,

    http://www.twincities.com/ci_18158748?nclick_check=1

    Q The mayor of St. Paul and the city council have expressed serious concerns about the plan. The vast majority of Ramsey County legislators have said they’re opposed to this deal. Pretend I’m one of them. Convince me it’s a good plan.

    A First of all, the jobs it’s going to create: 13,000 jobs, including 7,000 construction jobs, more than 3,000 ongoing full- and part-time jobs. It’s going to generate a significant amount of local and state tax dollars – in excess of $20 million a year. It’s going to keep the Vikings in Minnesota for their fans. It’s easy access for everyone, being so close to the highways, whatever they’re going to the stadium for.

  21. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I think the news has done somewhat of a job on getting the facts out, only if people would read and see what is right in front of them, so I try to get the news out to as many as I can; on as many sites as I can.

  22. By DRS on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Good night one and all.

  23. By Titus on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I think the intangible benefits really add up. Many people have no idea how much revenue comes into the Twin Cities metro year round due to the tourism and convention business— DO YOU THINK convention business takes into account the bigger entertainment draws, like major league sports? Duh. Tourism in general may not be hurt as much because people come from throughout the Midwest for many reasons– BUT losing our NFL franchise would definitely hurt convention biz and it would diminish the Twin Cities as an emerging cosmopolitan city– which it has struggled to do for so long.
    If we are petty and cheap and lose the Vikings, well, there will be many costs in the long run. Minneapolis-St.Paul will continue to take the safe route and never grow beyond a glorified Omaha or Des Moines (those are great cities, don’t get me wrong– but the Twin Cities have huge potential that they throw away to be safe)– I love the analogy someone gave about investing – the wife said no, too much money– and the company down the road became 3M.

  24. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    REPUBLICANS :(

  25. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I believe the definition of Republican is selfish greed

  26. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    . REPUBLICANS :(

  27. By Titus on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Ha ha ha– Shawn, it’s the Democrats who speak Social Justice and do not want this “trivial” spending on a stadium. It is the Democrats who say this is irresponsible and the money should be spent on social programs. It is so unfortunate that people are brainwashed into making comments like the one Shawn just made.

  28. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    LOL Titus … youve been brainwashed to hate ” isms ”

    You belived WMD ? hahahah

    You believe that taking millions from the middle and lower clas’ses to turn around and give billions to the upper class is fiscal responsibility

    take from middle and lower class and give breaks to the richest people for no reason … PURE INSANITY

    I bet you believe Obama wasnt born in America EVEN THOUGH HE HAD A PAS’SPORT WHICH REQUIRES A BIRTH CERTIFICATE

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    YOU WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING RUSH TELLS YOU

  29. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    and by the way its your republicant leaders about to lose the Vikings

  30. By Frederick Jones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    DRS,

    Thank you for the info. It’s worth looking into the facts.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn and Titus,

    Please let’s not make this a place for political bashing!

    There have always been idiots in both parties. Both sides know there must be changes made in our government.

    I think we have to look at the website DRS has given us, and spread the news.

    I’m thinking that over 50% of Minnesotans are Viking fans. (DRS…do you have a number there?) I think the numbers are in our favor.

    But with the CBA they think they can wait. Evidently???

  32. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    hey lets take 5 dollars from every teacher and give this ceo a million dollar bonus

  33. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    or is your republican love due to your ho’mose’xual hate ? yea lets waste government time stopping ga’ys from getting married …. INSANITY

    so many problems in the world and for some reason gay marriage is an issue LOL

  34. By Shawn on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    yea your right fred … but im already bothered by republican ways and if Minnesota loses the Vikings under republican leadership …. NOTHING WOULD BOTHER ME MORE

  35. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you need therapy, do you know who was in charge of Minnesota’s legislature before this year? And no republicans do not what to give to the rich, only to get what if fare for all Americans. Only selfish lazy communist, better red then dead types want to take what is not theirs and have not earned it. Why do you not go out and start a business and the give all your profit to your employees to be fare to them.

    Who was in charge of congress the past 2 years+, prior to the republicans taking ½ of the congress? What party has the presidency? And what have they done to keep this country out of debt? Who said feed a man a fish and he eats for a day but teach him to fish and he eats for a life time, or something like that.

    Most of my liberal friend says that the stadium is a stupid thing to spend tax dollars on and the Vikings are nothing but a bunch of rich people wanting more undeserving money; and that they do not care if the Viking stay or go.

  36. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    And Shawn, who was in charge when the Vikings wanted a new stadium a few years back?

  37. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings got told by your favorite party to let the Twinkies and the golden gophers get their stadium first and to wait their turn. Now it is their turn and that same party says it is not, but we will do a face lift on the dome for you. How nice is that? All your Governor had to do is sing one of the 9 bills that came before him and then they could have gotten on to the stadium bill! Now who is obstructing this government, Hmmm?

    Have a great day one and all.

  38. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Oops sign not sing. Sorry.

  39. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-zirin/silver-lining-for-vikings_b_437360.html

    Shawn read this!

    As Minnesota resident and dogged stadium opponent Willard Shapira wrote, “Most communities around the U.S. have caved in to such outrageous demands but socially concerned Minnesotans are fighting the Vikings tooth and nail. Others around the U.S. battling big-money and establishment power politics would take heart from a public victory over the Vikings and their gang of arrogant, plutocratic conspirators in business, politics and the media.”

  40. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.topix.net/nfl/minnesota-vikings/2011/06/dayton-draws-line-on-states-share-of-vikings-stadium-costs

    Shawn read this!

    Gov. Mark Dayton has put the owners of the Minnesota Vikings on alert that while he and key state lawmakers remain committed to keeping the football team in Minnesota, he can’t support a $1.1 billion stadium project in Arden Hills without knowing who will foot the bill for $131 million in unresolved road improvements.

  41. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/121540614.html

    More than 60 percent of respondents in the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll said the Vikings should simply keep playing in the Metrodome, the team’s downtown Minneapolis home for 29 years. Nearly three in four said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf should not get taxpayer money for a new stadium.

  42. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I think Minnesota Vikings fans need to convince your fellow Minnesotans of the need for this new stadium. Then maybe the legislators will change their ways.

    Have great day and let’s hope Minnesota will correct the stadium issue soon.

  43. By DRS on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Gov. Mark Dayton is not for improved roads, Hmmm.

  44. By Titus on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you have much to learn.

  45. By Adam on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    DRS I WAS talking about the stadium. lol I just so happened to post it here on the Playground article…

  46. By CA Norwegian on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings will stay in MN. It is no playground in SoCal with gangland culture swallowing everything up. Do not allow extortion to enter in. MN is where the Viuke belong, and if your stressing, go to the playground.

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