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Published October 09, 2012, 09:41 PM

A once lake town may start to see action again

Lake Park, MN (WDAY TV) -- Lake side property may soon be popping up on some dried-up shores in Lake Park. City officials are talking about restoring Lake Flora, drained for the first time more than a hundred years ago.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Lake Park, MN (WDAY TV) -- Lake side property may soon be popping up on some dried-up shores in Lake Park. City officials are talking about restoring Lake Flora, drained for the first time more than a hundred years ago.

What now looks like an overgrown wetland, was once a summer hotspot for lake goers in Lake Park. And city leaders and residents are trying to bring that lake town feel back to this small town community.

Lonnie Neuner/City clerk: "I know it's very unusual to have lake in town, and it's kind of an excitement to restore a lake in town that's been gone for so many years"

Lake Flora was first drained in 1907 for the railroad, then again in 1950.

But at recent city strategic planning meetings, the idea of filling it back up seemed to take off.

Mayor Keith Zachariason/lake Park: "It really would be good for the community. We've got lake, Lake Park, why not?"

Sarah Fudge/Resident: "I think everyone would love it and it'd be good for the community, bring a lot more people in."

Right now the old lake bed is mainly unused swamp area aside from these three softball fields. They'd all have to be moved for Lake Flora to make a comeback.

Neuner: "we have ideas for a beach on the possibility of the new Lake Flora. And anytime you can have a walk around the lake, I think it's a good thing. "

Other ideas include filling the lake with fish, and developing a residential area on one side.

With space for about 40 acres full of water, up to 12 feet deep in some spots.

Neuner: "there are really no plans, just kind of all talk right now. "

So aside from the imagination, there's still a long way to go before water touches down in this once lake town.

The plan is so preliminary that cost and time frame are uncertain, but city officials are meeting with the DNR and a hydrologist right now to further talk about ideas.

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