New recreation area on Detroit Mountain is in its final phaseDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV)-- The reality of a new recreation area on Detroit Mountain is in its final phase.
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV)-- 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 empty, but that's about to change. Come 2014 this mountain will become a skiers and snowboarders paradise.
Mark Fritz- Board of Directors: Winter, Detroit Mountain will be open for skiing, snowboarding, with great terrain parks.
Blue prints have been drawn up, contractors hired, and permits have been acquired, the only thing missing is 1 million dollars.
Fritz: 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.
So far pledges of 4 point 8 million dollars have been made towards the 5 point 75 million dollar fundraising goal. The projects total 7 million.
Fritz: It's not necessarily all build up, it includes the lodge, it includes redoing the bike trails, lifts, snow making equipment.
The plan is to not only make Detroit Mountain a hot spot, but a four season destination. Soon these overgrown paths will be turned into 10 miles of mountain biking trails.
Fritz: Detroit Lakes can and will be a biking destination.
Detroit Lakes mayor Matt Brenk says the new resort will benefit more then just the outdoor enthusiast.
Matt Brenk- Mayor of Detroit Lakes: 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
The 1 million needs to be raised in 6 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.