Library & Downtown Parks Project Moves Forward

A $3 million donation from Energy Transfer is kick-starting an addition and upgrades to the Morton Mandan Public Library and the adjacent Dykshoorn and Heritage parks. Improvements will likely be made in phases over the next two to three years. In preliminary concept plans, the library addition includes a community meeting space, additional working space for librarians, public restrooms, and garage for the bookmobile. Park enhancements may include features to draw community members beyond the days of events and summer evening concerts.

A number of steering committee and stakeholder meetings, pop-up events, and a February community open house have occurred over the last several months for purposes of public input and information. The City Commission at its Feb. 18 meeting approved moving forward with design and bid documents. The plan is to bid the project this spring, with hopes of a late-summer groundbreaking