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Marathon donates land for park

Marathon Oil Co. announced that its St. Paul Park refinery has donated property valued at $165,000 to the city for a park on the west side of town, according to a press release.

The land comes with a check for $50,000 from Marathon to help defray the cost of clearing brush and trees and installing playground equipment at the site on First Street between 10th and 11th avenues.

The land transaction is expected to close this month, according to the press release, and the check will be presented to the St. Paul Park City Council at its Monday, Oct. 6 meeting.

"Marathon's St. Paul Park Refining Division is pleased that we were able to assist the city in this endeavor," said Ray Brooks, refinery manager. "This donation is another way for us to say 'thank you' to our neighbors. We look forward to seeing the park completed and children outside enjoying it."

Council member and parks and recreation commission liaison, Sandi Dingle, said, "The St. Paul Park Parks and Recreation Commission identified the need for a park for children west of Third Street and with the kind donation of equipment from School District 833 and the exceedingly generous donation from Marathon of land and a monetary grant that will make this vision a reality, the city could not be more excited. Marathon has long been an outstanding neighbor to St. Paul Park and we are extremely grateful."