Walking Tours Begin in Olcott Park

By KBJR News 1

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 8:59 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---A celebration will continue all summer long in honor of the 100th anniversary of Olcott Park in Virginia.

Through the summer local organizations will organize themed music concerts on Thursday nights and picnics on Friday afternoons.

Local volunteers are working to get the park spruced up by planting and taking care of the trees and flowers.

Through the century, Olcott Park has been home to many animals, including a several monkey's who were shipped from California.

Visitors will now have the chance to learn the unique history of the area through guided walking tours.

"We have little badges that say I'm a park ranger," JoAnn Sipola, who created the the Olcott Walking Tours. "We are going to meet at the historical society, and just take the walking tour. Talk about the ten points of interest. There is a script that goes with it, and I have some of the historical pictures to show the people what things used to look like."

The guided tours are expected to start next weekend.

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