Douglas County seeks public's ideas for new park on Pilgrim Point

A short online survey is up and running. Park Superintendent Brad Bonk said he wants to make sure every single resident in the county has a chance to comment.

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Douglas County plans to purchase a portion of the Pilgrim Point property on Lake Ida to develop into a county park with a swimming beach. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Douglas County wants the public’s input on what to include in the planned park on Pilgrim Point on Lake Ida.

The county will develop an 8.2-acre parcel on the point. A swimming beach will be the most prominent attraction but there is room for other amenities.

Park Superintendent Brad Bonk said he wants to make sure every single resident in the county has a chance to comment.

“We are hoping all of our residents have the opportunity to help us make the best choices for Pilgrim Point,” Bonk said in a news release issued by the county on Tuesday, March 2.

A short online survey is now available at . Among other questions, it asks if residents would like to see a playground, picnic shelter, fishing pier and grills at the new park.


The answers will be reviewed with Douglas County Commissioners. Residents who are unable to access the online link may call their commissioners directly or the parks division at 320-762-2966.

Additional details on the most popular options will be presented to the public, along with professional plans from Hagstrom Engineering, which has been retained to assist with the project.

The county plans to remove old structures and construct a parking lot and entrance in 2021. The goal is to have the park open for swimming and picnicking in 2022.

About Douglas County parks

There are currently seven parks in Douglas County. Overnight camping is permitted in Chippewa Park. Reservations are available at this link. There is trout fishing, and river wading available at Spruce Hill County Park. Deputy Curtis Felt Memorial Park, commonly called Memorial Park, offers playground areas and a baseball/softball field. Kensington Rune Stone and Brophy Park offer mountain biking and trails among other amenities. Learn more about Douglas County Parks here.

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This map shows the location of the land at Pilgrim Point that Douglas County purchased and will be turning into a county park. (Forum Design Center)

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