NEAR WELCH, Minn. -- The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund awarded $100,000 to the Prairie Island Indian Community on Tuesday.
The grant will be used to build a new playground and pavilion in the Upper Island at Dakota Circle.
Residents in the Upper Island area live about five miles from the heart of the reservation where the main community center, fitness center and playground are based.
This grant will help them establish a playground and gathering area conveniently located near them.
The play space will be built with high-quality equipment and sustainable rubber surfacing that lasts longer than alternative materials.
The Prairie Island Indian Community is working closely with language and culture experts to incorporate Dakota words and picture signage into the space's design.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. Through its MNSBHC's 52 Weeks of Giving Campaign, grants are awarded to 52 communities ahead of Super Bowl LII -- focused on improving the health and wellness of youth in Minnesota.
The playground and recreation equipment will be built and installed in the spring of 2018.