Grab your skis, skates and sleds and head out to the Greenway this weekend for Greenway Ski Days, hosted by the Grand Forks Park District. This event is free and open to the public for all ages. Everything kicks off Friday evening, February 3 with a Candlelight Ski, and Saturday, February 4, is packed full with sledding, skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, chili feed, cardboard sled race and more.
Friday, February 3, 6-8 p.m. – Candlelight Ski
Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Snow-filled day of ski clinics, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and sledding
Saturday, February 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. – Chili Feed
This is going to be a great weekend in Grand Forks for all ages! Get out and enjoy the winter; so far weather predictions are perfect for this type of event!
If you like the outdoors and love to win great prizes, head over to this link. You can view a short video about cross-country skiing in Greater Grand Forks while registering to win a prize package with gift cards to Cabela’s and the Blue Moose.
Weather 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?
I absolutely love the 22 acres of Greenway (along the Red River) in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks! I spent a lot of time biking it this weekend. My daughter kept saying things like “isn’t it beautiful here?”, “we should spend all day on the Greenway” and “can we build a house on the Greenway?”. Once I explained we couldn’t build a house on the Greenway, she was OK, but she still wanted to spend all day there.
It is so great to know in any season the Greenway is available for use by visitors and residents alike at absolutely no charge. The biking is always fun on the trails, and you can also roller blade (get in training for the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon), run, walk, etc. in the summer. The Greenway features several parks, campground, two golf courses, three disc golf courses, more than 20 miles of multi purpose trails, shore bank fishing sites, canoeing, dog park and more.
There are a number of businesses that have equipment available for rent to use on the Greenway, but I do think we need to figure out a way to have bike rentals available on site, so visitors can check out this great amenity even when not prepared. Maybe that is something for our team to pursue.
Would you like a bike rental available on site? What do you love about the Greenway?
It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!Â While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.Â I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including:
Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.Â I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week!
Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.Â Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.Â Kids 4 and under are $1.50.Â They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.Â Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want to leave!
University Park Splash Park in beautiful University Park is fun for the whole family and free!Â There are shelters, gardens and a playground there as well, so we will definitely need to pack a picnic.
I hope one evening this week to make it over to the Keg’s Drive In.Â There is nothing better in the summer than enjoying a one-of-a-kind “Joe” along with a cherry-lime Coke at the Keg’s.Â My daughter loves the “Joes” because they are “sloppy” and “awesome”!
Saturday projections are a little cooler for heading to the Farmer’s Market in Town Square.Â Since we are getting more into summer, there will be more fresh produce from local farmers.
Local blues favorite, PeatMoss, will open the Blues on the Red show for Big George Jackson on Saturday when Blues on the Red kicks off at 6 p.m.Â This is a great family or adult event in Town Square.Â It is free and all you need to do is bring a lawn chair.Â The only negative I have heard about Blues on the Red, is that people don’t want it to end!
I feel very lucky to live a safe community that offers so many cost-effective options for families in the summer.Â I actually check the calendar of events every day to check out our options.
We would love to hear from you what your favorite activities are in the summer?Â We want to expose our hidden gems.