Cloquet pond reconstruction nearly complete - opening splash July 4After four years without it, a battle with the state which resulted in new legislation, and a year of work at the site, The Beach in Pinehurst Park in Cloquet is finally at the edge of welcoming swimmers.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
After four years without it, a battle with the state which resulted in new legislation, and a year of work at the site, The Beach in Pinehurst Park in Cloquet is finally at the edge of welcoming swimmers.
“I know many area residents have been watching the progress of the construction down at Pinehurst and are excited to have this swimming area open again,” said Karen Sorenson, marketing coordinator for Cloquet Community Education and Recreation. “What a great way to spend the Fourth of July!”
Finishing touches are happening this week and next, with new shade umbrellas and kiddie slides installed and 630,000 gallons of water slowly filling the sand-bottom pond since Tuesday, according to Caleb Peterson, assistant city engineer.
“It’ll take awhile [to fill] but then we plan to test the filtration system before opening day,” he said.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, the facility will officially open at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3. The grand opening not-to-be-missed beach bash is July 4, Sorenson said.
In addition to swimming that day, hotdogs and chips will be sold for $1.50, and root beer floats will be $.75. A DJ from WKLK will provide music from noon to 3 p.m. Games start at 2 p.m. with a sand castle contest, biggest splash, limbo, “sand dollar” hunt, water balloon toss, volleyball, water basketball and more. There will be hourly drawings for prizes.
From 7-9 p.m. there will be a beach party for teenagers. In addition to swimming and other games and contests, teens can engage in Guitar Hero wars and Rock Band battles.
The grand opening events are sponsored by the Community Education Advisory Council and the city of Cloquet.
“The day will be a great opportunity for families to check out the new beach at Pinehurst and go for a swim,” Sorensen said.
The swimming pond originally opened in June 1978 and closed in 2005 due to substantial deterioration.
Season swim passes are available now at $79 for a family pass and $49 for an individual pass. Daily admission is $3 per person. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until Aug 17 when the hours change to noon to 4 p.m. The last day to swim is Sept. 4.
The city plans to pay for the $1.5 million facility through Build America bonds under the state’s tax abatement bonding authority. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, councilors unanimously passed a motion to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at city hall to discuss the proposed tax abatement.
For more information about The Beach, visit www.CloquetCommunityEd.com and click on “The Beach at Pinehurst.”