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Inside Business: Sudden Park in Fargo comes back with ice sculptures

Part of the concrete at the former Sahr's Sudden Service, 601 4th St. N., is torn up Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, as crews work to remove old gas tanks buried under the lot. The property has served as Sudden Park since July. Ryan Johnson / The Forum

FARGO—Sudden Park is suddenly freezing up, and that's by design.

The pop-up urban park at the former Sahr's Sudden Service station here, 601 4th St. N., will return with ice sculptures and a new focus on celebrating winter after a relatively quiet fall.

The park was launched by local group Folkways last July at the former gas station and auto repair shop, which was sold to Kilbourne Group in 2015. In October, the site saw major construction work as crews dug out old gas tanks buried under the concrete.

Folkways announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, that the next version of Sudden Park will feature "snow packed and naturally formed ice sculptures" dreamed up by the Folkways team and community members, and commissioned by local artists.

The public is invited to Horace Mann Elementary School, 1025 3rd St. N., between 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, to make mini ice sculpture models. A favorite idea from the event will be made into a full-sized sculpture at Sudden Park this winter.

Folkways said earlier this week that one sculpture has already gone up, and more will be added throughout the month. Sudden Park is set to officially reopen Thursday, Jan. 26, and remain open as weather allows.

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