Grand Forks Park Board hires firm to begin research for a multi-use turf and aquatics center

The park district said the selected firm is tasked to assess the possibility of a 300,000 square foot indoor multi-use sports facility to host competitive games.

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GRAND FORKS - The Grand Forks Park District is moving forward with a feasibility study for an indoor turf facility and aquatics center, according to a news release from the park district.

On April 5, Grand Forks Park District Commissioners selected BerryDunn / GreenPlay to complete a strategic facilities conceptual planning and feasibility study of a future multi-use indoor sports facility and an indoor aquatics center in Grand Forks.

The park district commission chose BerryDunn/GreenPlay after its selection committee reviewed five firms that submitted RFP proposals for the project and interviews, the news release said.

The park district said the selected firm is tasked to assess the possibility of a 300,000 square foot indoor multi-use sports facility to host competitive games with amenities such as a turf field for soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and similar sports; a running track; courts for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and similar sports; and an indoor aquatic facility with a competitive swimming and diving pool, lap pool, and other features.

“We plan to begin the feasibility study right away and our goal would be to complete the report and a pro forma by this fall if everything goes as planned,” George Hellyer, executive director of the Grand Forks Park District, said in the release. “If the feasibility report and pro forma determine that the year-round multi-use indoor turf and/or aquatics facility are feasible and sustainable, our next step would be to submit a separate RFP for an architecture firm.”


BerryDunn / GreenPlay - along with three other national firms specializing in statistically-valid surveys, aquatic design and turf design - will develop, implement and report the results of the strategic feasibility/conceptual planning study to help determine which amenities and features would incorporate the community’s needs and desires. Additionally the firms will look at how to fund and operate them successfully in the future.

The park district says the group will conduct an extensive research process and public input gathering to explore the possible uses, design, programming, core services, optimum cost recovery, management, and operational aspects of the facilities over the next six months.

“While we are excited about the prospect of a future year-round multi-use indoor turf and/or new aquatics facility in Grand Forks, our goal of the feasibility study process is to confirm the amenities needed, validate the sustainability, and plan out the overall operations in effort to give us the best chances of long-term, strategic success,” Jill Nelson, director of operations & community relations, said in the release.

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