Though it's still in the planning stages, the Detroit Lakes Park Board is looking at installing a handicap accessible dock somewhere on the beach along Little Detroit Lake. A plan for the project is expected to be presented at the board's Nov. 3 meeting.

The proposed dock was discussed at length during the board's Wednesday afternoon meeting. Jason Bristlin, commander of Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676, said that he would be willing to help put together the fundraising for the project.

Bristlin said he felt the project would appeal to "anyone who has restricted mobility, in any way," and he didn't anticipate a problem in raising the money needed.

Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Shawn King said that he had received a couple of quotes for the proposed project, from TS Dock & Lift, which provided the low quote of about $84,000, and J & K Marine, which submitted a quote of around $86,000.

Neither quote was approved at the meeting, as the board thought some more research needed to be done first and tabled the discussion until November.

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A new monument for veterans' park?

Also at Wednesday's meeting, Park Board members discussed the possibility of adding a new monument at Veterans Memorial Park. Community resident Tom Mortenson had approached the board last month about the possibility of adding a memorial for the veterans of the Global War Against Terrorism (GWAT).

The Mortenson family, with the help of the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Women's Relief Corps and Ness Granite Company, would like to place the memorial at the flag pole site closest to Lakes Liquor.

VFW Commander Jason Bristlin, who was also present for this portion of the meeting, brought up his concern that some sort of memorial should be provided for veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars should be added as well. Bristlin also noted that he "took exception" to the idea of having a specific donor's name (like the Mortensons) placed directly on the memorial itself, as it should honor all war veterans, though he had no objection to the idea of a bench or some other type of donor marker being placed near it.

South Shore Park update

Though it was recently announced that the planned fall ribbon cutting for the new playground and sport court at South Shore Park has been postponed until spring, King said Thursday that the equipment for the fully-handicap-accessible playground is already installed, and the rubber surface underneath it is expected to be completed and ready for use within the next week or so, weather permitting.

The concrete surface for the sport court has also been poured, he added, though the markings for the two planned pickleball courts, tennis court and basketball court won't be added until the spring.

King also noted at Wednesday's meeting that they will be doing the seeding yet this fall for a planned soccer field at the park.

Though the initial fundraising project for the park is now complete, with $301,000 secured, those still wishing to contribute to the project should contact a member of the Friends of South Shore Park Committee or go to for more information.