Dike West Provides Year-Round Outdoor Opportunities
Built for Floods but Used for Fun
BY MARIJO VIK
Dike West has a practical purpose — to protect the city of Fargo from flood waters surging from the Red River. This divides Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota.
But when there’s snow, kids and grown-ups have claimed it as the only sledding slope in downtown Fargo. It’s across from Island Park at 310 Fourth St. S.
When the city closed the Dike West park recently to increase the height of the dike, sledding was off limits. And many missed it.
However, most of the construction is now complete and the park again accommodates sleds and sledders. This family found enough snow left in the spring to have a good time going downhill.
Sledding can also bring out the kid in adults.
During warmer seasons, the skateboard park is available for all the possible tricks that anyone can dream up, including the 360 flip, 50-50 grind, 5-0 grind, casper flip, FS 540, and hard flip.. Instead of a skateboard, some riders will bring their bikes to navigate the concrete.
Some skate park enthusiasts were anxious to get rolling and couldn’t wait for all the snow to melt.
The Fargo Park District has scheduled family-fun activities throughout the year, either indoors or outdoors. Check the calendar of events and pick your memory-making activity.
(Marijo Vik is a 72-year-old senior at MSUM who hopes to graduate in May with a multimedia journalism major. MSUM will award a degree posthumously if she ends up in the ground before a gown. She has been a reporter for the Twin Valley Times, Twin Valley, Minnesota, since 2009 and will use her education to be a better reporter and editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)