Countless studies have shown that being outside is good for your overall health. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, time spent outdoors enhances self-esteem and mood and improves cognitive function and memory-related abilities, to name a few of the many known benefits. That’s one of the reasons Options, Inc. decided to develop a new outdoor programming space at our facility in Big Lake. The space is known as “Outside Options.” As we planned this space, we considered design elements that will enrich our outdoor space for our clients and their friends and family. We created an accessible layout that benefits all types of users, with different areas designed for eating, recreation, and relaxation.

Our $250K Goal

Through generous donations from clients and their family members, and our generous community, we have been able to make progress on Outside Options. We have completed work on wide, flower-lined walkways, a bocce court, and green space for people to gather. We still have plenty of work to do to complete this project and our hope is to add a music sound garden, raised bed planters, outdoor seating, and a large gazebo to provide shelter from the sun and rain and a space for classes and activities. We have plenty of work to do to achieve our final goal and we hope we can count on our community to help us get there!

Donation Opportunities

Individual Donor

Any denomination
Community recognition

Community Donor

One-time donation $500-$2,500
Community & social media recognition
Name listed on Options, Inc. website

Feature donor

Picnic & garden sponsorship.
Community & social media recognition
Name listed on Options, Inc. website
Name listed on outdoor garden plaque

Thank you to all of the donors!

Individual Donor

Barb Allen

Nicole Bender

Joe & Krisit Bissonette

Florian & Linda Czech

Andrea Earl

Roger & Jean Earl

Paul Ellinger

Gary & Ann Gray

John & Margie Gurney

Greg & Jennifer Haberman

Lynn Hedrick

Kathleen Hinck

Hoilday Otsego #378 Employees

Home Life AFC

Pete & Krisann Johnson

Kathy Kiel

Harlan & Tami Koppendrayer

Daryn & Pearl Lehnen

Ralph & Patricia Lloyd

Cody Lund

Rick Lynch

Barb Marsh

Steve & Judy McIntire

Randall Meulners

Kayla Michaud

Legacy Consulting

Michael & Bonnie Miesen

Modern Day Living

Kip & Connie Nance

Madison Neal

Jim & Tami Nelson

Ron & Becky Nelson

Rochelle Petters

Otis Minnesota Services

Quarberg Foster Care

Kelli Gorr Raney

Sherburne State Bank Employees

Julie Thomas

Steve Towner

Sherman Wells

Jennifer Whitfield

Rachael Wilson

Paul & Joann Zemke

Community Donor

Brian & Susan Barthel

Barry & Barb Fluth

Connexus Energy

Great River Energy

Liberty Paper

Big Lake Lions

Clear Lake Lions

Elk River Lions Club

Chris & Barb Kotsmith Family Charitable Fund 

Buck & Cindy McAlpin

The Malark Foundation

Minnco Credit Union Foundation

North Risk Partners

Polaris Employees

Randall & Rose Peterson

Three Rivers Community Foundation of the Initiative Foundation

Gloria Vandebrake

Dan & Colene Verdick

Todd & Teresa Embury

Feature donor

J.A. Wedum Foundation

Big Lake American Legion Post 147

Big Lake Spud Fest

Big Lake Township

Chris & Barb Kotsmith Family Charitable Fund

Monticello Lions

Sherburne State Bank

Anita Sibert