Adopt-A-Lot Celebratory Ribbon Cutting Minot, N.D.: A program that may help to reduce crime, increase property values, and improve the appearance of the community is set to kick off its inaugural year.
The Adopt-A-Lot program is designed to contribute vibrancy and resiliency to Minot by having local organizations and businesses care for vacant city-owned land. The program will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting on June 20 at 10 a.m. on the 1500 block of East Burdick Expressway (east of the Roosevelt Park Zoo).
The event is free and open to the public. The City of Minot joined the Minot Young Professionals, the Minot Park District, and Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs to design and implement the program.
Funded by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation, the program has nine participating groups.
From the Minot Air Force Base three groups have adopted lots including the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron, and 741st Missile Squadron. Additionally, CHS SunPrairie, Little Bear Daycare, Magic City Lions, Minot Commission on Aging, Minot Lions Club, and NDSU Master Gardener Club are involved in the program.
Each group has chosen a lot along the 1500 and 1600 blocks of East Burdick Expressway to set up their community project.
These projects include vegetable and pollinator gardens, community art, and a passive park. “Adopt-A-Lot generated from Minot Young Professionals’ desire to provide an opportunity for community development in the valley,” said Megan Laudenschlager from Young Professionals.
The Minot Park District readied the vacant land for use, tilling several lots in preparation for the gardens. While there can be no permanent construction on the lots due to flood plain requirements, the program aims to transform an underutilized space into a community asset