This fall’s planned ribbon cutting ceremony for Detroit Lakes’ newest city park, South Shore Park, has been delayed.

Initially, this full-service park located at the intersection of South Shore Drive and 270th Street was slated to be completed by the end of the summer.

When finished, the new park will be equipped with a handicap accessible playground, multi-use court, and picnic shelter, including restrooms.

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South Shore Park's layout includes a new multi-purpose sport court (in green) and playground (in orange), each 120x120 feet, which were slated for completion this summer, but that timeline has been pushed back due to construction supply issues. (Submitted photo)
South Shore Park's layout includes a new multi-purpose sport court (in green) and playground (in orange), each 120x120 feet, which were slated for completion this summer, but that timeline has been pushed back due to construction supply issues. (Submitted photo)

The playground is about 95% complete, but supply issues have unfortunately stalled progress on its installation. Once the playground installation is completed, the rubberized surface can be poured as soon as weather permits.

Construction delays have also impacted completion of the multi-use court. This court will include a pickleball court, tennis court, and basketball court. Full completion of the court area will likely not be completed until spring.

The picnic shelter, which includes a prep area, tables, and bathrooms, is complete and available for rent. It will also be used as a warming house for a planned skating area during winter months.

Plantings at the park may occur yet this fall, or wait until spring. Some of the proposed plantings include trees, prairie grasses, a blue bird trail, and a possible food forest.

The funding for the project has been secured, with over $301,000 raised to date thanks to our many sponsors and donors. Those still wishing to contribute to the project should contact a member of the Friends of South Shore Park Committee or go to www.cityofdetroitlakes.com/southshorepark for more information.

Look for news of a ribbon cutting ceremony in Spring 2022. Follow the City of Detroit Lakes on Facebook @CityofDetroitLakes for updated information on the South Shore Park project as it becomes available.