“The first thing that strikes you is a sandy beach with swimsuit clad Fargoans enjoying the sun (there is a sun, really) and playing around a 2 acre swimming lake (like the artificial beaches within a beach at many resorts in Hawaii and Carribean or Paris Plage in France) between the river and the protection plaza.”
The idea above is one of my submissions to Fargo’s GO 2030 Mind Mixer online forum to engage the community to share our ideas and goals for Fargo’s future. Â Click on the link and register to share your ideas and comment and help to refine other peoples submissions.
The submission below is an example of the interaction on Mind Mixer:
Here’s my dream, and some of us have been working on it for years. When many Fargoans think of sand, we think of sandbags. That needs to change. We all realize the first order of business is to protect Fargo. I believe it’s vital to also protect our revitalized downtown that is ripe for more mixed use development.
We can leverage this downtown flood protection plaza as a catalyst for development
and fun and it can serve as a way to recruit and retain people and businesses by
making Fargo not only safe, but much more fun!
Welcome to “Fargo, life’s a Beach!” Wouldn’t it be cool as you stroll the plaza on
top of the protection eating a walleye on a stick from a small local shop that’s
one of many along the way on top looking over an expanded river front. The first
thing that strikes you is a sandy beach with swimsuit clad Fargoans enjoying the
sun and playing around a 1 -2 acre swimming lake (like the artificialbeaches
within a beach at many resorts in Hawaii and Carribean or Paris Plage inFrance)
between 2nd Street and the 2nd Ave connection plaza.
The large granule sand would be collected in early fall and stored for the next summer season.
Everything on the riverside of protection would be “wash and wear” hose it down and get ready for fun in the sun!
In the winter, the lake could be used for skating and snow could be shape to
create a half pipe for snowboarding (this snowboard park portion is a recent
graduate from NDSU architecture students idea, he has a great powerpoint)
It’s also important to back away and give the river more room and to relieve stress on the riverbank. Second street could be moved back from the river about2/3 into the Civic Parking lot, it could be merged with 3rd St in front of the Library
and Civic Plaza and inside the protection underneath the protection plaza.
During community events the street could be closed to cars and opened up for a street party.
May 11, 2011
Let’s hear your ideas for Fargo’s future!