The land acquired by the City for flood protection near the former Ben’s Tavern is an ideal location for an in-town campground.
Current Circumstances & Opportunity
- The area is approximately 37 Acres.
- The location adjacent to downtown, Roosevelt Park Zoo, and ~3/4 mile to the ND State Fair grounds makes it ideally situated for travelers to Minot’s events and attractions.
- The Roughrider Campground, the area’s only urban-adjacent campground, is ~5 miles to Minot’s central business district.
- Redevelopment efficiencies could be realized with strategic reuse of existing City infrastructure and utilities.
- Commerative area and naming would honor the area’s former uses.
Comparing East Grand Forks & the Minnesota Red River State Recreation Area
Following the 1997 flood in East Grand Forks, a similarly vulnerable area was bought out and later converted to a State Park. The venture has been enormously successful as it regularly draws more than 20,000 overnight stays and more than 100,000 visitors into the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks downtown commerce districts.
- Approximately 110 Drive-Through and Walk-In RV and Campsites.
- ~43 Acres of greenway-adjacent land.
- Directly adjacent to East Grand Forks Central Business District and across the river from Downtown Grand Forks.
- The park is revenue positive, i.e. besides covid-impacted 2020, the Park has typically had revenue above expenses.*
- The park has economic impact generating as many as 27,184 overnight stays in 2018 and 123,740 visitors in 2016.*
Strategic Partners Required
If this outcome is to be realized, we’re going to have to work with partners to get it done!
- Minot Park District
- City of Minot
DBPA Position: Currently, the DBPA Board has not taken a formal position on this issue, but we’re all in listening mode. If you think this makes sense, tell someone who’s on a board!