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CLEAR LAKE – A pleasant breeze helped keep Shirley’s Park and Country Retreat cool as New Ulm area sport fishers hosted a 35th Anniversary Open House on Father’s Day.
Everything was free to the public at the event, including hot dogs, burgers, fries, and water.
Members of the Sport Fishermen’s Club helped anglers who were offered rods and reels to use. The club manned an information booth, as did the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division.
Casting games were held for prizes.
Brian Domeier recently restored the park because of his fond childhood memories. He renamed it Shirley’s Park in honor of his mother Shirley Domeier to continue his legacy.
The park has become popular for picnics, kayaking, musical events, and as a wedding venue.
The park is located on the site of the former Lost Dog and Fox Hunters Park, on the south shore of Clear Lake, five miles south of New Ulm.
The club was formed in 1986 and has over 180 members. Its activities over the years include:
• Annual water quality cleanings.
• Owner, operator and maintenance of the Clear Lake aeration system.
• Participating in fish management for Clear Lake.
• Purchased sand to install a beach at Clear Lake County Park.
• Installation of handicapped access to the Clear Lake fishing wharf.
• Organize annual Camp Courage fishing trips for physically challenged children and community youth groups, including the Riverside Park Kids Fishing Day and Youth Fishing Contest.
• Riverside Park protection and access project in New Ulm.
• Construction of the City’s Wetlands Reclamation Project, 18 acres in Minnecon Park, co-funded with New Ulm.
• Founding of the Minnesota Clean River Sports Coalition, now known as the Minnesota Clean River Coalition.
• Participation in the Adopt-a-River program with annual shoreline cleanups.
For more information, visit https://www.shirley’spark.com/