The Minot Park District will be $100,000 richer Monday when representatives from Coca-Cola will be on hand for a check presentation in Minot's Oak Park.
Ron Merritt, director of parks, said the presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., with himself and members of the Minot Park Board on hand, as well as Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven and Minot Mayor Curt Zimbleman.
Merritt also noted that one of the main ingredients in Minot's success will be present.
"We have invited the group of Oak Park supporters who put the campaign together," Merritt said of the group known as the "Oakaholics." "They have said they are excited, and as many as can show up will be there."
A marching band from Erik Ramstad Middle School will also be on hand to play a few songs, Merritt said.
Oak Park was thrown into the spotlight this summer after it was entered in Coca-Cola's "America's Favorite Park Contest." The park was neck-and-neck with a park in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado, and with a park in Minnesota. By the end of the contest, Oak Park prevailed as the winner of a $100,000 grant.
"We're just going to use it where we need to in the park to help recover from the flood," Merritt said, adding that the money is not attached to a specific park project just yet. "We have a long ways to go, but we'll be able to have a very good use for the funds.
The presentation is open to the public and, weather permitting, will be held at Oak Park. Otherwise, the ceremony will be held at Maysa Arena.