Public comment sought in Blue Mounds State Park redevelopment

LUVERNE – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now taking comments on redevelopment of a trailhead and day-use area at Blue Mounds State Park.

Three designs are available for review and comment here.

The DNR contracted with architectural and engineering firm TKDA to evaluate the existing conditions of the Eagle Rock Vista area, including the Interpretive Center, at Blue Mounds State Park and to develop three concepts for the future use of the area. The Interpretive Center was the former home of author Fredrick Manfred and is commonly referred to as the Fredrick Manfred Visitor Center.

The three concepts range from a modest level amenity intended to meet the basic needs for a trailhead, to a more moderate level of amenity with more robust public facilities, most notably a picnic shelter and space for events such as interpretive programs, weddings, or other gatherings.

Upon discovery of significant water damage to a structural portion of the Interpretive Center, in 2015 the DNR determined that the building was unsafe for occupancy and closed it to public use.

On the website, there is a brief survey that can be filled out through April 5.

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