Jay Cooke State Park Hosts Open House

By KBJR News 1

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After being shut down most of last summer, Jay Cooke State Park is open once again.

"Today is Minnesota State Park open house day and as part of it we are holding our out door adventures event, so we set up all sorts of different types of recreational stations so people can learn about fishing, archery, campfire cooking, things they can do this summer," said Kristine Hiller, Park Naturalist.

"This has been fun because we haven't been back since the flooding and we came down because it's free day which is wonderful sunny free day," said Harriet Halli who is visiting the park.

While walking around the park people may have noticed some construction.

About $3.5 million worth of damage was caused by the June floods, and now the park is starting to make repairs.

"The swinging bridge is being repaired, a major connector between the north and the south part of the park, that should be done by the end of August," said Garry Hoeft, Park Manager.

The bridge will be restored to its original condition when it was built in 1934. Highway 210 through the park is also being restored.

"MnDOT is repairing highway 210, between Oldenburg Point and the park office here, they are building a bridge which should be done in October," Hoeft.

However, those repairs shouldn't discourage people from enjoying the sights and making new memories.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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