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Tofte Park &
Town Hall Rental

Tofte Minnesota

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The Tofte park was donated to the town of Tofte by Elizabeth Tofte. She was the oldest child of John and Cecelia Tofte. John was one of the original settlers of Tofte.

In the early 1900's, the U.S. Government gave the settlers 160 acres of land, provided they lived on the land and made improvements over a five year period. John Tofte divided his land among family members. John's wife Cecelia was the official donor of the church property, and Elizabeth, yet a minor, made a gift of this park to the town of Tofte in 1922. her father John had to sign the papers as her agent.

At the same time, John commissioned several men to build cobblestone bridges, a waterway, and a drinking fountain. Louis Olin, Olaf Gust Nelson, and Mr. Lemm were competitive contractors. It is unknown which of the contractors built the upper or the lakeside cobblestone bridge. The drinking fountain which is now a wishing well, had spring water running into it after Godin and Lemm hand-dug a ditch and tiled it to the park from a spring behind the present Roger Michaelson house. This was quite a feat.

All the cobblestones used in the construction were brought from a cobblestone beach, in a fishing skiff, to the Schroeder dock and then brought to Tofte with a team and wagon. The stones were carefully selected to be red, white, and blue and carefully tiered, as you can observe.

After 72 years of weathering and vandalism, Bob Boomgard volunteered, with the help of his wife Delora, to restore the bridges to their original condition. They continue to volunteer their time to keep Tofte Park beautiful.

Tofte Park & Town Hall Rental
The Town of Tofte rents out both the Town Hall and Tofte Town Park, which is especially popular with wedding groups, reunions and family-friend gatherings.

Please call the Town clerk to ask about a specific date. Your reservation isn't confirmed until receipt of application and payment.

Park and Town Hall rental agreement

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