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New weight room exceeds expectations

Sophomore Theresa Haerke does a goblet squat in the new weight room March 10. The new weight room was installed in order improve the strength and conditioning program for athletes.

Jayde Claussen

March 11, 2020

After discovering the school would be building a new weight room, I was disappointed. I felt that Park needed to focus its spending on necessities such as renovations on bathrooms and arts programs, but after stepping into the new weight room, my mind was changed.  The facility is much bigger and is now able ...

Theater renovations to update lights, stage, dressing rooms

Seniors Ruby Stillman and Sam Sietsema rehearse their roles for

Marta Hill

December 9, 2019

Looking forward to the Auditorium renovations that will start in June, sophomore stage manager Jacob Khabie said many theater participants are nervous because of the lack of information they have received. “Honestly not a lot is known, and that scares a lot of people in theater right now,” Kha...

New turf to be placed inside track field

Senior Aaron Elllingson reads the defensive formation during the Homecoming game Sept. 20 at the Stadium. The turf renovations will provide additional practice space for sports.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

November 7, 2019

After playing on a grass field inside the track, sophomore football player John Swindlehurst said many injuries were sustained due to the worn-down field. “Over the summer, we had a lot of injuries because there was a bunch of potholes, and the grass got too long. Turf would prevent it,” Swindlehurst...

Tennis courts renovated, remodeled

Sophomore Ava Jacobson prepares to serve the ball at her match against Holy Angels Sept. 23. Park's tennis courts were renovated over the summer of 2019.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

October 11, 2019

After playing on the new tennis courts, senior captain Racquel Fhima said she has had a better playing experience.  “(The new courts are) really nice to play on (and) are so much better than the courts we have (used) in the past. They're easier to look at, and bees don't get attracted to them,...

The Nest reopens with new improvements

The Nest student employee, senior Cole Nugteren, and other board members discuss plans and ideas for the upcoming reopening of the Nest Sept.3. With the reopening of the Nest, there’s a new youth coordinator, Symone Wilson, who is an integral part of helping the Nest grow in the community.

Maria Perez-Barriga

September 1, 2019

With the renovations completed, senior Cole Nugteren said he is looking forward to seeing the reactions of incoming students with the reopening of the Nest. “We have our street done now so that's going to be super nice,” Nugteren said. “I am  excited to see now (that) we are more of an establishm...

Staff Editorial: Nature center renovation needs re-evaluation

Senior Bryan Huynh volunteers with the National Honor Society Oct. 19 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center's Halloween party. The St. Louis Park City Council considers using bonds to fund the Nature Center renovations.

March 19, 2019

This month, the city of St. Louis Park is exploring the use of bonds to obtain $22 million in order to work toward several projects and renovations. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a misdirected use of funds. The majority of the money will go toward renovating the Westwood Hills Nature Cente...

Dakota Park, Keller Baseball Field undergo renovations

A TORO Volunteer measures the size of first base to shift the center of the base to align with the foul line, Oct. 4.

Dani Orloff

October 3, 2017

When freshman baseball player Sam Hunt evaluates the renovations occurring on the Park baseball and softball fields Oct. 4, he said he believes they will help the team enhance their skills. “I think it will give our guys a little more confidence as well as a better quality training facility that wil...

Summertime renovations planned for high school

Updates will begin for a lab in the A3 hallway. Due to the large plans for the lab, it will not be fully completed over the summer.

Marta Hill

May 5, 2017

  Junior Ryan Lee said when he thinks about renovation plans for Park, he feels they will benefit the school.   “I think to be honest the renovations that are happening right now seem pretty common sense,” Lee said. “I feel like they are good decisions.” According to Assis...

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