Grand Forks, ND — The Downtown Development Association (DDA) and Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) are hosting an ice rink opening event and an unveiling of the Grand Fort in Town Square on Friday, January 22nd. The Downtown Ice Skating Rink Chilled by EAPC Architects Engineers has been open for a week. Dakota Harvest Bakers will be providing free apple cider and cookies, Cabela’s will be providing free hand warmers and the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club will be on hand for some artistic skating.
The Grand Fort, a large culvert upcycled into an outdoor warming shelter, was built with the help of Opp Construction, True North Steel, Gowan Construction, and was painted by Adam Kemp. Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals received grant dollars from the Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Bush Foundation, and Summer Performing Arts to fund the project. The Grand Fort was inspired by a warming hut created in Winnipeg, MB, and showcased by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
“We absolutely love what the YPs and their sponsors have been able to create,” said Stacey Majkrzak, executive director of the DDA. “It’s completely unique and incorporates so many community partnerships. It is a very fun addition to Town Square and a perfect complement to the community ice rink.”
“We’ve been impressed, but not surprised, by the level of support this warming hut has received,” added Corey Mock, executive director of GGFYP. “Not only will the Grand Fort add function and culture to an already vibrant downtown, but hopefully will inspire others to come up with their own projects that add value to their neighborhoods.”
The event will run Friday from 3-6 p.m.