Lincoln Drive Park

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120 Euclid Avenue, Grand Forks, ND, USA… - 701-787-0308 (Seasonal)

Lincoln Drive Park Grand Forks Reviews

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Flooded neighborhood turned into a park Feb 07, 2009
This park is the result of the unfortunate devastation of the Lincoln Drive neighborhood during one of the largest floods in US history. On April 18, 1997, the Red River flowed over the dikes protecting Grand Forks into the Lincoln Drive neighborhood. By the next day, much of the city was flooded and the downtown was burning. Much of the city was rebuilt, but the Lincoln Park neighborhood would never be rebuilt. Instead it would be located on the riverside of the new dike system to be built and would become a park. All homes and many of the streets have been removed as the neighborhood has been fully converted into a park.

The park is part of the greenway that runs through the city on both sides of the river along the dike and levee system. The park is 120 acres and has several features for outdoor enthusiasts (considering you are in the middle of a city). A paved trail runs along the dikes for several miles offering views of the park, Red River, and rooftops of homes on the other side of the dike. There are several other trails, including skiing and snowshoeing trails in winter as well as an ice skating rink and sledding hill. There is a dog park, playground, disk golf, horseshoe courts, sand volleyball, shelters and a boat launch.

This is a nice place to spend an hour walking or even a day playing, but you can't help but think about those people whose homes were destroyed and lives disrupted during the course of the flood.
Tree at sunset with moon
Trees along Red River
Former Lincoln Drive neighborhood
trees along red river
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