Library & Downtown Park Enhancement Project Beginning

A project to improve the Morton Mandan Public Library and Dykshoorn Park is starting this month with contractor mobilization, demolition and excavation.

The library project includes an approximate 8,000-square-foot library addition with a new entrance/atrium, a public meeting room that can seat up to 300 people, public restrooms, and bookmobile garage with equipment storage. The existing 13,000-square-foot building will receive heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical upgrades plus door and window replacement, masonry restoration, new floor/wall/ceiling finishes, and other traffic pattern improvements.

Dykshoorn Park improvements include a main entrance off Fourth Ave NW, permanent decorative fencing, shade sails in front of the band shell, meandering walking paths, lighting elements that tie in the history of the railroad, gas fire pits, and more.

The project is being funded with a donation from Energy Transfer, the Mandan Visitor’s Fund and the Mandan Supplemental Environmental Projects Trust. Additional donations will be welcomed for library furnishings and equipment. If funds become available in the future, there are plans for a multi-use pavilion in Heritage Park to the east of Dykshoorn Park.

Find out more and stay tuned to progress at
Access to Library & Rice Bowl During Construction
Temporary parking and access to the library plus the external book drop have been moved to the building’s west end. A doorbell is being installed for anyone needing assistance.

The Rice Bowl restaurant expects to remain operational on the second floor of the building until its new location is ready at 107 Fourth Ave NW in late November or early December. The restaurant is open for delivery and pickup service all days except Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. with extended hours, until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons picking up orders may park in reserved spaces on the building’s west end. Owners also plan to soon re-open the dining room. An access door is being installed on the building’s east end. Stay tuned for updates.