In January 2006, the County Board, at the request
of the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation, hired Hoisington Koegler
Group (HKGi) to prepare a comprehensive plan for Kensington Rune Stone
On December 12, 2006, Greg Ingraham, principle planner
with HKGi, presented the Master Concept Plan to the Board of County Commissioners.
The Board adopted the plan after review and directed the Park Division
of the Public Works Department to implement the concepts in the plan.
One of the most exciting recommendations in the Master
Concept Plan is the formation of a 10 member Interpretive Advisory Group.
Quoting from the plan:
"The overarching mission of this advisory group
should be visionary and with the visitor in mind."
The group should have:
- Balance: be inclusive of different viewpoints
- Compromise: differing opinions & everyone's voice must
have a place
- Range: bring fresh eyes and ears to the planning process.
- Leadership: not held by one person but facilitated and recorded by rotation
- Consensus: it is essential and a front running goal
- Visitor Experience: public enjoyment of the park is always the highest priority
Douglas County and the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation
are actively searching for 8 to 10 people interested in serving on this
key committee. We expect to have two or three meetings a year for the
next several years to work through the strategies in the Master Concept
We believe that the Olof Ohman farm, now known as
Kensington Runestone park, is the most important place associated with
the Kenginston Rune Stone. Visits to the Ohman home were key elements
in the early research and scrutiny of the rune stone and had a profound
effect on the culture of the surrounding community.
Please contact the Douglas County Park Division by
phone, mail, or e-mail if you are interested and we will be happy to provide
copies of the Master Concept Plan for review.