Mayor Tim Helbling addresses the crowd during Tuesday's ground breaking ceremony.

Library & Downtown Park Enhancement Projects Commence in Mandan

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, executives from Dallas-based Energy Transfer joined representatives of the City of Mandan, Morton County, Mandan Progress Organization, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and others to celebrate the start of a project to expand and improve the Morton Mandan Public Library and the adjacent Dykshoorn Park.

The library project includes an approximate 8,000-square-foot library addition with a new entrance/atrium, 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, and new floor/wall/ceiling finishes. 

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 cityofmandan.com/libraryparksproject.