Hankinson and Park River recently participated in the Community Impressions program offered through NDSU Extension. Community Impressions is a program for community assessment and improvement.
Each community sent delegates to the other community to identify strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of a first-time visitor. Guidelines for the visit directs the team to take note of their initial impression upon entering the community and then more specifically look at the entrance to the community, downtown or central business district, retail, tourism, housing, local business and economy; education, health, social and emergency services; government, infrastructure and land use; recreation, faith and culture.
Additionally, team members are encourage to interact with residents to determine how friendly and helpful residents are to visitors and what are must-see things in their community.
Hankinson’s delegation presented their report to Park River community members on May 18. Park River’s team will present their impression of Hankinson on Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunger Meeting Room of the Hankinson Community Center. The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to stay for an evening of music with Larry Rysavy as the kick off for Polka Fest.
Fresh perspectives helps us see things in the community we might not notice ourselves. These can lead to simple changes that will make big impacts on the community.