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Published July 12, 2013, 02:50 PM

New recreation area on Detroit Mountain is in its final phase

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The reality of a new recreation area on Detroit Mountain is in its final phase.

By: Danielle Miller, Forum News Service, INFORUM

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The reality of a new recreation area on Detroit Mountain is in its final phase.

What started out as a quiet fundraiser has now turned into the last and final cry to raise much needed money.

Detroit Mountain – it’s hills with breath taking views sit quiet and – but that’s about to change. Come 2014, the mountain will become a skiers and snowboarders paradise.

Mark Fritz, a board member for Detroit Mountain, says it will be open for skiing, snowboarding and terrain parks.

Blueprints have been drawn up, contractors hired, and permits have been acquired, the only thing missing is $1 million.

“Our work isn’t done, while we’ve climbed pretty high and we’ve come pretty far, we still really need to raise that one million dollars,” Fritz said.

So far pledges of $4.8 million have been made towards the $5.75 million fundraising goal. The projects total $7 million.

“It’s not necessarily all build up, it includes the lodge, it includes redoing the bike trails, lifts, snow making equipment,” Fritz said.

The plan is to not only make Detroit Mountain a hot spot, but a four-season destination.

There are plans for 10 miles of mountain biking trails.

“Detroit Lakes can and will be a biking destination,” Fritz said.

Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk says the new resort will benefit more than just the outdoor enthusiast.

“The economic impact to the city will be tremendous, increasing tourism, bolstering our retail service industries, and proving new industry and providing potential new industry,” Brenk said.

The $1 million needs to be raised in six weeks for construction to begin in the fall. If not, the project will still move forward, but in the red.

The recreation area will open winter of 2014. Biking trails will open summer 2015.

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