A new reason to visit Rune Stone Park
A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the new visitor center at Kensington Rune Stone Park took place Wednesday, Jan. 3. Douglas County commissioners, representatives from Douglas County Public Works, the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and others attended the event.
The bulk of the $1 million project – $802,400 – was funded by Minnesota's Legacy amendment, which provides grants through the state’s parks and trails fund. The other $200,000 was provided by Douglas County.
The visitor's center includes a community room, lobby, interpretive room, outdoor patio, bathrooms and more.
Did you know?
Here are some fun facts about the new visitor center:
• There is a replica of the Kensington Runestone inside the visitor center, but the actual Runestone is made of metagraywacke rock, which is the same type of rock that was used to construct the fireplace inside the center.
• The bench inside the lobby is made of Douglas fir and weighs in at more than 700 pounds.
• More than 380 tons of concrete were used in the building construction with the exterior walls 15 inches thick.
• More than a mile and a half of dimensional lumber was used for the building frame.
• The expansive south facing windows allow the building to use passive solar heating in the winter.
Kensington Rune Stone Park
The visitor center at the Kensington Rune Stone Park, 8956 County Road 103 Southwest, Kensington, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the community room can be reserved for special events. Call the Douglas County Public Works office to make a reservation, 320-762-2999.