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Parking lot construction begins in Grand Forks parks

A major phase of parking lot construction is taking place this summer throughout Grand Forks parks. Seven locations are included in the lot construction, which is the second phase of a project the Park District began five years ago. The locations...

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A major phase of parking lot construction is taking place this summer throughout Grand Forks parks.

Seven locations are included in the lot construction, which is the second phase of a project the Park District began five years ago. The locations are Lincoln Park Golf Course, Kiwanis Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Ryan Lake Park, Ulland Park Softball Complex, Richard's West Park and Apollo Park Concourse.

Park District Director Bill Palmiscno said parking lots at all seven locations are set to be worked on this summer. The cost for the project will be $2 million, which includes expenses for permits, engineering and construction.

Palmiscno said lots are close to completion at Kiwanis and Veterans Memorial parks, both new to the park system. Ryan Lake is likely to be next, where the goal is to put a small road into the parking lot to improve access to the lake for fishing.

The Lincoln Park Golf Course and Ulland Park Softball Complex lots will be tricky since paving will have to work around facility usage, Palmiscno said. The lot at Lincoln will be torn out and replaced, while the gravel Ulland lot will be paved over.

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Palmiscno said parking lot construction at the softball complex is "trying to stay one step away" from the completion of 47th Avenue South. Completion of the lot this summer will make it easier for crews to finish the road in a year or two.

The softball complex parking lot was originally set to be paved in 1994, two years after construction. It was put on hold due to higher costs and less housing development than expected in the area.

The remaining lots, located at Richard's West and Apollo Concourse, will be started later this summer. The Richard's West lot will be triple its current size when completed.

Phase 1 of the project, started five years ago, consisted mostly of overlays and other maintenance to improve existing parking lots. It also included construction of the Masonic Park and Scheels' Sports Complex lots.

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