A new fishing pond in Brooklyn Park looks to attract kids who haven't had a chance to get "up north" and allow them to partake in a quintessential Minnesota activity.
The Minnesota Department of Natural resources said that with limited angling spots in the area, Brooklyn Park police and the DNR Enforcement Division thought those without easy access should still be able to go fishing.
Originally stocked this spring with 807 bluegills and 572 yellow perch, plans are in place to restock the pond with bluegills each spring and yellow perch every spring or fall.
"We found tremendous support of the concept and many jumped on board to help ensure the project was successful," said 1st Lt. Todd Kanieski, a DNR conservation officer.
DNR's Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program was a great fit: The FiN program was started in 2001 and conducts over 100 aquatic educational events each year. There are 65 FiN ponds with fishing piers or shore fishing stations in the metro area.
DNR fisheries specialist Leah Weyandt said the project has fostered strong community growth between police, state DNR and local businesses.
"They want what's best for the health of the community and are devoted to creating outdoor opportunities," Weyandt said. "This FiN pond is going to be a focal point of the city of Brooklyn Park for years to come and I'm excited to see how much interest in the outdoors and fishing is going to grow in this area."
A kick-off event will pair local kids with a Brooklyn Park police officer or a DNR conservation officer to show them the ropes. "Cops-n-Kids" will be held in front of the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26.