New play area, other improvements coming to Detroit Mountain by summer 2020
After receiving money through the Legacy Grant and the City of Detroit Lakes, and digging in their own pockets, Detroit Mountain has enough funding to build a natural play area and more.
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area continues to improve on what they offer: They are paving and landscaping new areas, improving the bike trails, adding a natural play area, and making another parking lot by the tubing facilities.
"The land acquisition (parking lot) occurred in early 2019 and construction on the bike trails and tubing facilities parking lot began earlier this summer," Jeff Staley, Detroit Mountain's General Manager, wrote in an email. "Construction on the play area is expected to begin Sept. 9."
Staley shared that the mountain can fund these new developments largely because they received $1.25 million through the DNR's Legacy Grant. The City of Detroit Lakes also provided $100,000 and the mountain is paying $250,000 out of pocket for the project.
While the mountain is making improvements, the natural play area is the only new feature being added.
"The play area will include exploratory features made of natural materials like logs and boulders, as well as some commercially produced elements consisting of a tunnel and slide. The entire area will blend and fit in with the natural landscape," Staley wrote.
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