A place to play: Detroit Lakes is getting a new city park south of town
Detroit Lakes is about to get a little greener.
The city park board is in the process of designing a roughly five-acre park on the corner of South Shore Drive and 270th Street, an area that Public Works Director Brad Green says was identified as needing a little love.
"We try to find the needs of the citizens of Detroit Lakes. We try to cater to the community, and one of the things that has risen to the top is the south side of the lake," said Green, adding that the area was found to be "lacking" in green space.
There is the Sucker Creek Preserve, but that's about it for that quadrant of the city. There's not a whole lot for people who walk, run, and bike around the lake.
Green says that $200,000 has been set aside for the first phase of the project, most of which will come from park dedication money, funds set aside specifically for projects like this. He says they will take that and do what they can with it, making the area the best it can be for the funds they have.
The plan is to put in facilities like any other city park has, picnic table shelters, bathroom facilities and courts for things like pickleball and basketball.
"It's a green space also, so we'll also leave a bigger field area for open sports, like touch football, soccer, baseball, just space to move around in," said Green.
The park will also make a nice gathering place for people looking to use the trails that are currently in that area and the ones that are planned for that area, a separate, ongoing project in the city.
Construction is set to begin this coming spring 2019 and should be concluded by the beginning of the summer, but Green says it will take some time for them to grow grass and get the area completely up to par. It should be looking good come spring 2020.
"It's just exciting," he said. "It's good for the community to do a new development like this...hopefully it caters well to the south side of town."