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Frost Fire Park gets federal funding for snowmaking infrastructure

According to an EDA release, the grant will be used to replace outdated snowmaking infrastructure at Frost Fire Park, located about seven miles west of Walhalla, in Cavalier County.

Frostfire Snowmaking Infrastructure Plan
The Pembina Gorge Foundation plans to completely replace and expand current snowmaking infrastructure at Frost Fire Park near Walhalla, North Dakota. The foundation is awaiting news on a federal grant to fund the project.
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GRAND FORKS – The Pembina Gorge Foundation has received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

According to an EDA release, the grant will be used to replace outdated snowmaking infrastructure at Frost Fire Park, located about 7 miles west of Walhalla, in Cavalier County. The grant is being matched by $542,622 in local funds. The grant comes in support of long-term recovery of tourism and outdoor recreation activities in that region. The project is expected to help create 23 jobs.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is dedicated to supporting the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sector as they work to recover and rebuild following the pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “This EDA investment will attract additional outdoor enthusiasts to the Rendezvous Region of North Dakota, boosting the economy and creating jobs.”

The infrastructure project was made possible by the planning efforts of the Red River Regional Council and the North Central Planning Council. The EDA funds those organizations to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

The Frost Fire project is funded under the EDA’s $240 million American Rescue Plan, and the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation program. The EDA awarded $510 million in grants to all 50 states and territories in 2021. The two programs are designed to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

Related Topics: CAVALIER COUNTYSKIING
Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

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