Glendalough State Park looking at expansion

State parks offer many recreational and outdoor activities for visitors all across the United States.

Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake offers hiking and biking trails, wildlife observation areas, camping, fishing and many other opportunities for those looking to spend some time in the great outdoors. Now, there is a possibility that these opportunities could be developed even further.

Glendslough State Park officials in Battle Lake are looking at the possibility of expanding the park after a nearby landowner said that they are willing to sell their land to the park. The 140 acres northwest of the state park in the discussion could have many uses. Chuck Carpenter, Department of Natural Resources District 1 supervisor- which includes Glendalough State Park - said, “We took a look and found that the property could be a real value to the park.” Carpenter added that is too early to decide on what the land would be used for. “The property is adjacent to the current boundary. It has real compatibility. There’s a few possibilities that need to be discussed.”

Carpenter said that while there is no official agreement with the landowners yet, they are working on getting some of the first steps compete to make the expansion happen. The first step will be to get the Minnesota state legislature to extend the park’s statutory boundaries. “I don’t expect it to be too difficult, but I do expect it to be to be time-consuming,” Carpenter said. “We have some good state park supports in the legislature. I think it’s going to take some time.” The second step would then be to work on making the purchase between the park and landowners. 

For full article, go to: Fergus Falls Journal

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