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Rochester and Olmsted County leaders considering upgrades to Graham Park

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Rochester's Graham Park could be the next space to get a major facelift. 

Olmsted County Facilities representatives provided an update on plans for the park at the Rochester Committee of The Whole meeting Monday afternoon. 

They're hoping to make the area better for year-round activities, and make it a destination for a variety of events--not just the Olmsted County Fair. 

Planners would make a variety of changes, including building a new park for various festivals, as well as preserve the historical buildings, some of which date back to the 1930s. 

Steven Flint, Site Manager for the park, says one option would be to reconfigure the existing arenas.

"Graham One would be coming down, you'd build two new arenas and in the winter you'd have your two sheets of ice that have your bleachers, rest rooms, locker rooms and all that," he said. "And then on the dry floor season you could remove that center wall and have one large exhibit space that's climate controlled if you're doing an equine event, trade show, and different things like that."

A subcommittee working on the project hopes to have a master plan completed sometime this year. 

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