“What is that giant hole next to The Retreat on 28th Avenue South?” is something we’ve heard from a resident or two. That hole is the site of the not too distant future Urban Plains Park. Come summer 2018, that hole in the ground is going to be the largest multi-use park system in Fargo, which is exciting news for the residents that live near it.
This highly active park, designed by AE2S, will feature tons of amenities – a lazy river that extends throughout the entire park, walking paths and bridges, three shelters that will hold a combined total of 800 people, a gazebo for weddings, multiple playgrounds and a Fargo Park District Office where visitors can rent surreys or four-wheel bicycles.
The park’s location is ideal. According to Jim Larson, the Director of Finance at the Fargo Park District (FPD), “The connectivity of this park is extensive.” It’s close to Scheels Arena whom will lend it’s parking lot for park events. It borders 51st Street South, which can be shut down to host neighborhood events, think street fairs and famer’s markets. This park will engage the local community in ways that make it feel it more connected to nature as well as to each other.
Unfortunately, such large, ambitious projects never come off without a hitch. The Fargo Park District ran into a complicated snag when it realized the pond’s clay liner developed a hole of unknown origin. According to Larson, “The pond sits atop a sand lens meaning water just runs through it.” The clay liner was instrumental to the pond’s ability to retain water. The hole had a negative impact on the timeline for park completion tacking on more time than originally planned. It also influenced a shift in the original concept – a river will now replace the pond. Though this is a huge shift, Larson believes it will make the park system more accessible and even better.
For information on 2018 shelter reservations call the Fargo Park District main office at 701-499-6060. For additional information on the construction and maintenance of the facilities, contact Dave Bietz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sam Larson-Frobig oversees the bike rentals and can be contacted at email@example.com.