MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Park District is partnering with the Hess Corporation to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy conservation through the use of new trails and outdoor recreation area set to break ground this spring.

Phase one of the project includes 1.75 miles of natural trails for hiking, biking, birding, sight seeing, and educating. The plan also includes concrete and aggregate trails so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the goal of conservation for this land.

Minot Park District officials said conservation is for everyone. “This can be an individual with limited mobility or possibly a caregiver with a stroller. We believe this is an integral component of the project. Through this plan, we are providing access to an otherwise inaccessible area” according to Minot Park District information.

“The mission of the Minot Park District is to provide quality of life for our community, including all ages and abilities.” said Ron Merritt, Minot Parks executive director. “The goal of this project is to provide everyone the opportunity to enjoy conservation through the use of trails on this untouched piece of land just outside the hustle and bustle of the Magic City.”

Included in the plan is interpretive signage that will include native plants, native birds, and animals that may be spotted along the trail. The trails will be interactive and programmed for nature scavenger hunts to keep young ones intrigued as they are exploring outdoor while getting much needed outdoor exercise to stimulate their minds.

Brent Lohnes, Hess North Dakota general manager, said, “Hess is excited to partner with the Minot Park District to preserve and build habitat and access to the outdoors.”

“Hess’s mission is to be the most trusted energy partner wherever we operate and positively impact the communities where we live and work. We are proud to support the Minot Park District as they focus on this important conversation project,” Lohnes added.