The new playground at Lake Brophy County Park is every kids' dream. It could even make some adults want to revert back to their childhood.

Slides, swings, ninja course, obstacles, puzzles, educational games and more can be found within the playground that is housed in an area measuring 116-by-200-feet.

"Everything you would want to find in a playground, we probably have it here," said Brad Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent.

He added that it is the largest playground system within a 60-mile radius. Willmar, St. Cloud and Fargo all have similar setups, he said.

The new playground, which is ADA accessible, was expected to be open by this weekend, but the weather caused a slight delay. Bonk expects it will now be ready for play by Wednesday, Aug. 7.

When the orange fence is down and the "keep out" signs are gone, that will mean the playground is operational and safe to be played on.

All of the equipment for the playground was purchased from St. Croix Recreation out of Stillwater, a company that has been supplying commercial playground equipment and commercial park supplies for more than 30 years. The cost of the play area was roughly $464,000, said Bonk, adding that it was paid for through the Legacy Grant.

"When it opens, come out and have fun on it," said Bonk. "I'm excited to finally be able to see all the kids come out here and play."

Other amenities

Besides the new playground, Lake Brophy County Park now offers: a swimming beach, complete with a bathhouse; approximately three miles of moved grass walking/running trails; and about five miles of mountain bike trails that can be used for hiking and running.

The mountain biking trails, according to Bonk, came to be with the help of the Runestone Off Road Cyclists Club.

"The club was instrumental in helping and securing funding, especially Dr. Jeff Brand," said Bonk.

Along with all of those trails, two dock systems will be put on the water next spring. One will be for kayaks to launch and the other will be a fishing pier.

Eventually, the park will include a visitor's center. Bonk is currently working on securing funding for that project through the Legacy Fund, which will be matched by dollars from Douglas County.

With the park being so close to the city limits of Alexandria and along the trail system, Bonk's hope is that Lake Brophy County Park will become a gathering spot for families, especially for special events like family reunions, birthday parties, graduations, anniversaries and more.

"There's nothing like it around this area," he said. "I can't wait to see everyone come out and start using all the amenities the park has to offer."