What? A beach in Fargo? Check it out and wade on in

“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.   Click on the link and register to share your ideas and comment and help to refine other peoples submissions.

www.go2030townhall.com

MindMixer acts as a virtual town-hall allowing community planning to happen online.

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 the river and the protection plaza.

This man made beach is in Brisbane AU

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)

We've got plenty of snow to build some of these in the winter

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.

COMMENTS

by Kara S A swimming, man-made lake with a beach would definately be a bigdraw for Fargo/Moorhead. Everyone wouldn’t have to leave Fargo to go to the beach.
  • May 11, 2011

Let’s hear your ideas for Fargo’s future!

www.go2030townhall.com

MindMixer acts as a virtual town-hall allowing community planning to happen online.
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Name: Mike Williams Location: Fargo, North Dakota Website: http://www.electwilliams.com Occupation: Risk Manager Family Mutual Insurance Fargo City Commissioner since 2004, re-elected in 2008 and 2012 About Me: I'm a pragmatic optimist that's grateful for all the wonderful people in my life
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