Winner: Lindenwood Park

Location: 905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo

As large events, camps, and summer vacations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parks and community outdoor spaces became favorite spots for families to celebrate birthdays, or spend Saturday afternoons while practicing social distancing.

This year's winner received more than 800 votes with longtime favorite Lindenwood Park selected as Best City Park.

"Our employees have gone above and beyond to provide as many recreational opportunities to the community during these unprecedented times, while still making them as safe a possible," says Dave Leker, Fargo Park District's executive director. "Numerous studies show there are many benefits to spending time in green spaces. During this time local parks, trails, and open spaces have become even more of a respite from stress."

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Leker emphasizes access to amenities like shelter, picnic spaces and bikes improves physical and mental health. In fact, Leker says community members list Lindenwood's large universal playground that meets American Disability Act requirements as one of its top attractions.

"Lindenwood Park also has a great trail system with connectivity over the bridge to Gooseberry Park in Moorhead," he says. "During the summer, people love to take advantage of the bike and kayak rentals we offer in the park."

For the upcoming colder months, Leker says his staff will continue to work to provide safe and fun recreation and encourages people to use the park system's trails, skating rinks, sledding hills, and cross-country ski trails.

Residents can also look forward to a new event space this winter downtown, called Broadway Square, which will have a skating rink, music, and a fire pit.

Second Place: Island Park

Third Place: Rendezvous Park

Fourth Place: M.B. Johnson Park

Fifth Place: Percy Godwin Park (Elephant Park)