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Simply Grand Fall Fun

 - by julie

Japanese Garden at Sertoma ParkWeather predictions for this week in Greater Grand Forks are good with beautiful fall temperatures and sunny skies, so I highly recommend you get out and enjoy some of the recreational opportunities offered here including our gorgeous and fun parks.

Japanese Garden – This lovely garden, located in Sertoma Park, was a gift from the residents of Awano Japan to commemorate the flood of 1997. Its natural look features the beauty of rocks, water, hills, trees as well as the three granite Japanese-style lanterns.

Ali’s Boundless Playground – Local teen Ali Karpenko was born with spina bifida, and her dream of a community playground for children with and without disabilities was realized in 2009 in Sertoma Park. Here every child can play side by side at his or her own ability level.

Greenway – The Greenway is 2,200 acres of natural space lining the Red River and Red Lake River as they flow through Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The picturesque urban space offers countless recreational, cultural, historical and natural experiences.

These recreational areas give you just a taste of what is available in Greater Grand Forks. There are so many specialty parks available year-round for a variety of activities including basketball, cross-country skiing, frisbee golf, hockey, skating, pools, spray parks, sand volleyball, soccer, softball/baseball, tennis and skateboarding. More information can be found online.

There is more good news…Sherlock Forest Playground is already being rebuilt by volunteers from the area after a spring fire. If you are interested in getting involved, “Like” them on Facebook.

You can find out more about our parks, recreation, events and everything Greater Grand Forks on our website. You may also follow us on Twitter and/or “Like” us on Facebook, as we do a number of prize giveaways!

I have already been enjoying the outdoors with my family! How do you plan to enjoy the season?


My simply grand week…

 - by julie

This is going to be a great week in the Grand Cities!  I am looking forward to enjoying all that the town has to offer in the summer.  This is just a sample of my plans for the week…

Tonight I have a meeting, but it won’t be without fun and great food, as it is taking place at the new restaurant, Jake’s.  Since I have only been there once, I am really excited to check out some of their food especially the Red Pepper Lavosh.

On Tuesday I will grab the family and head over to the ND Museum of Art for the third installment of the 2011 Concerts in the Garden music series.  The Boston-based band and critically acclaimed, David Wax Museum, will headline while local artist, Xavier Pastrano, will open the show at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and there is great food including burgers and brats available in the museum’s garden.  With a weather prediction of mostly sunny and 75 degrees what more could we need?

Since there is another good weather prediction for Wednesday, my husband and I plan to meet friends on the rooftop of Rhombus for what has been voted the people’s chocie for best pizza four years in a row in Grand Forks.

The kids of summer are back, and the Summer for Performing Arts (SPA) productions do not disappoint again this year!  On Thursday, “All Together Now: A SPA Revue” will debut at the Empire Arts Center.  It is so amazing to me the talent the kids and teachers in our community have.

I am staying in town this weekend, so I am going to have to check out the Friday Night Races at River Cities Speedway.  Local fan favorite, Mark Dobmeier, is the son of one of my co-workers, so we need to get out and cheer him on.  We will have friends visiting from Minneapolis who also want to see what the excitement is all about.

I am really looking forward to Saturday!  It will be my first time this year to check out the Farmer’s Market.  I just love going downtown Saturday mornings and walking around the market, listening to the entertainment and checking out some of the shops downtown.  It should be a hot one on Saturday, but I am thinking we can ride our bikes on the Greenway in the morning to get downtown.

Saturday afternoon I will be at the second Art & Wine Walk of the year!  I absolutely love this event!  It is great to be downtown sampling wine and looking at all kinds of fabulous art!  There isn’t anything much better than a day with wine and shopping!  I also love the champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center.  This week there will be entertainment in addition to the prizes, champagne and fruit and cheese!

While I may be a little tired by the time Sunday hits, I still want to get out and enjoy some summer activity.  I think I may grab the family for another bike ride on the Greenway with a stop at Lincoln Drive Park for a picnic.  Then I think we may hit the pool at Riverside or one of the splash parks at University Park or Elks Park.  The kids will be in heaven!

Now I realize it is my job to promote Greater GrandForks, but I certainly couldn’t do that and enjoy it as much as I do without all these great options!

What are your plans for the week?  Do you have a favorite spot to go?