For Immediate Release: April 26, 2022

After several years of planning, it is with immense excitement the City of Sartell announces a partnership with the Tom Bearson Foundation to bring a new amenity to Pinecone Central Park, in memory of Tom Bearson, a Sartell High School graduate who unexpectedly passed away in 2014 while attending North Dakota State University.

This partnership will bring to Pinecone Central Park three full-size basketball sport courts, six basketball hoops, seating, landscaping, and a welcoming place for park users to enjoy basketball – Tom Bearson’s favorite past-time sport. One of the six basketball hoops installed will be Tom Bearson’s own hoop from his Sartell residence, which he used often throughout his childhood. Construction will begin this summer with the basketball sport court installation and will continue in phases over the next few years by adding seating and additional landscaping.

The Tom Bearson Foundation is dedicated to keeping Tom Bearson’s memory alive by providing funds for a variety of charitable community initiatives, including: several local scholarships, high school and youth basketball, personal safety programs and presentations, and now, bringing a new amenity to an already bustling hometown park. The Tom Bearson Foundation has committed $150,000 to this project.

The City of Sartell is honored to support the Foundation in keeping Tom’s memory alive by maintaining and growing the amenity for years to come.

In conjunction with this project, Pinecone Central Park will be receiving an additional parking lot on the south end of the property that will be used as a skating rink in the winter months. There will also be two playground structures placed on each side of the concessions building, which will be home to Mr. Twisty’s this summer. 

Check out the April 25th Council meeting, from minutes 9 to 26, to see the complete presentation by the Tom Bearson Foundation. The Tom Bearson Foundation has also created a video to show the vision for the basketball courts and surrounding areas and we encourage you to view that as well.

For more information on the project, please contact the City of Sartell at 320-253-2171 or the Engagement Director, Nikki Sweeter, at