Minot Park District ‘Branching Out’ with Hess

Shyanne Belzer/MDN Cammi Campbell, right, helps residents pick out their own succulents. The hardy plants are good for indoor living and are low maintence, making it easier for care.

The Minot Park District, thanks to a grant from the Hess Corporation, is introducing an accessibility for everyone program in 2019 called Branching Out.

The goal of the program is to work with community partners in improving quality of life for people of all ages and abilities, according to a news release.

During the first program of the year, a spring planting seminar was held Tuesday when park district personnel worked with residents of the Wellington, an assisted living facility in Minot.

“The mission of the Minot Park District is to provide quality for our community, including all ages and abilities,” said Ron Merritt, Minot Parks executive director. “With the Branching Out campaign and a great community partner like Hess Corporation it allows us to get out into our community and connect with people that otherwise might not be able to use our facilities.”

Residents of the Wellington learned about the Minot Park District’s horticulture department and enjoyed a newly potted succulent to get them ready for spring. The residents were joined by volunteers from Surrey High School student council.

Shyanne Belzer/MDN Ron Merritt, Shannon Paul, Melissa Field and Cammi Campbell of the Minot Park District visited the residents of the Wellington to help them create and learn about succulents through their new Branching Out program.

“We are pleased to support programs that aim to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the communities where we live and work,” said Brent Lohnes, Hess general manager in North Dakota. “It’s always exciting to see organizations come together, like the Minot Park District, schools, and the private sector to make a difference.”