This park will be approximately 45 acres once complete. It is designed around a water feature that serves as storm water retention for the surrounding development. The water feature is split into three distinct segments by two collector streets that cross it. The North and middle portions of the pond have been constructed. Access to the park is from Ridgewood Boulevard, 24th Avenue South, and 40th Street South as well as from neighborhood sidewalk connections provided in surrounding residential and commercial developments.
The master plan calls for a number of neighborhood amenities being constructed as funding becomes available but the restrooms and maintenance facility stand out as immediate needs.
M.B. Johnson Park
M.B. Johnson Park, 3601 11th St N, is located on the Red River in north Moorhead. The 110 acre park has a varied topography, from grassy meadows to sloped wooded areas, providing several opportunities for numerous activities that are primarily natural resource based.
A master plan for M.B. Johnson Park was developed in 2008-2009, with updates in 2012, and again in 2015. Phase 1 improvements began in 2009, and included the demolition of the old shelter and play system, a combination park building/park shelter, improvements to parking, limited site lighting, and a municipal infrastructure installed at this remote location.
In 2012, a new play system and backstop were added to the site, which completed Phase 1 of the master plan. In 2014, Moorhead received notification that a portion of the Legacy Grant from the state of Minnesota was awarded to build a large picnic shelter for $275,000. To receive these funds, extensive environmental and archeological studies were to be completed, along with a number of other DNR requirements. The shelter was completed in the summer of 2016.
On an annual basis, City staff continued to submit requests for future phases at M.B. Johnson Park. In 2015, the City received notification that a 2016 grant had been approved through the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission for $1,299,000 to complete the final phases in the master plan. Amenities that were approved include bathroom facilities and a maintenance space to house grooming equipment for cross country ski trails, a fish cleaning station, concrete walking paths, a reclaimed bridge installed for access to Snaky Creek, educational signage, additional garbage cans and dog waste receptacles, and extended parking lot lighting. Construction began in the fall of 2017, and will be complete in the summer of 2018.
Southside Regional Park
Work on Southside Regional Park began in the summer of 2006 with general site grading and infrastructure improvements for utilities, electrical, water, sewer and roads. Work continued in 2007-2008 with construction of 11 soccer fields, 4 baseball fields, trails, park shelters and field irrigation. The spring of 2009 saw the start of construction for a concession/restroom building at the ball fields and a concession/restroom/office building at the soccer fields. The first games were played at this location in the Fall of 2009.
Future plans and phasing call for 4 additional standard soccer fields and upgrading two of the soccer fields to serve as championship fields. It was expected that a portion of the cost of the work would be offset by funding from the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission along with a designation as the Northwest Regional Amateur Sports Facility. Plans were submitted and approved for the 2008 and 2010 Minnesota State bonding bills but later vetoed by the Governor. This project was an Agency 1 priority for the Amateur Sports Commission for the 2010 bonding bill, but again saw defeat with the Governor's office which recommended mainly asset preservation projects only during this budget crisis.
Phase 4 of this project is the neighborhood elements to the Master Plan which includes a large picnic shelter, parking lot lighting, additional trails, trees and landscaping, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a play system, along with a maintenance building, completing the trails and landscaping.
Also added at this location is a "Miracle Field" which is a rubberized ball field used for adaptive sports. This field was a project by the F-M Rotary. Learn more about the Miracle Field.
River Corridor Plan
Since approval of the River Corridor Plan in May of 2014, there have been numerous projects that have been completed or are underway along the River Corridor. Projects in 2018 include:
- Replacement of pedestrian bridge crossing the Red River between Memorial Park in Moorhead and Oak Grove Park in Fargo
- Bike Repair Stations at M.B. Johnson and Gooseberry Parks, provided by Fargo-Moorhead Rotary PM Club.
- M.B. Johnson Park Projects: fish cleaning station, interpretive signs and bike/pedestrian bridge over Snakey Creek
- River Corridor Trails Map (subject to change)
- Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative - Audubon Dakota - Moorhead UW&PI Sites
- Gooseberry off-road trails, courtesy of FM Trailbuilders
- Adopt the Red Volunteer Program
- Canoe and Kayak Rentals
- Collaboration with River Keepers, including: canoe/kayak rentals, paddling excursions, Storm Drain Marking Program, Red River Water Festival, adopt programs, community education and outreach events, tree plantings, and downtown and on-the-water litter pick up
Neighborhood Park Planning Concepts
Allyson Parkway Park
Johnson Farms Park
Trails at Stonemill Park
Village Green 6th Park
Eide Bailly Golf Study 2012
Metro Sports Facility Study