Great Northern Park
We all know Broadway Square in downtown Fargo, but did you know there sits another green space in the downtown hub? Located just west of Great Northern Bicycle Company, Great Northern Park is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch downtown, featuring picnic tables and a small grass area!
425 Broadway N, Fargo
Parks are often considered a sanctuary from the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. While some parks have similar amenities such as open spaces, playgrounds, and picnic areas, others stand out for their unique features or history. From a hidden garden to a heartwarming past, these parks have their own personality and charm. Take a walk with us as we explore the hidden outdoor gems across the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area!
An unlikely median sits near the river, a few blocks from downtown Moorhead, diverging 4th Street and 3rd Street. This median creates a neutral triangular space—the perfect piece of land for a mini park. At least that’s what Michael J. Daily thought in the 1920s. The green space was tended to by Mr. Daily until 1940. Forty-three years later, in 1983, a city employee crafted an unofficial sign naming the park with the note “Moorhead’s Smallest Park.” A short three years later and Daily Park was officially a Moorhead park, making it the city’s smallest park at 0.013 acres. Today, the small triangle park has been upgraded to a pollinator garden, planted and cared for by loving neighbors. This tiny but mighty park is worth the visit—even if just for the history!
301 3rd Ave S, Moorhead
VA Hospital Park
In North Fargo, the VA Hospital Park is an open, grassy area near the hospital itself. The perfect space to have a picnic, set up a yard game, or bask in the rays!
1805 Elm St N, Fargo
Ole Tangen Park
You’ve probably driven by Ole Tangen Park many times, and never even knew it was an official Fargo Park. The space sits right next to Fargo Fire Department Fire Station #1, jutting out in a triangle shape between Roberts Street North and Northern Pacific Avenue. Its peculiar shape and location are almost forgotten when you see the size—0.076 acres, making it the smallest park in Fargo. Its small size doesn’t deter residents—in fact, it draws them in. So much so, that part of the park is a community garden featuring seasonal plants like tomatoes and cucumbers. While there might not be enough room for a game of ball, there’s still plenty to explore here!
10 Roberts St N, Fargo
On the Sheyenne River, this greenspace is a small neighborhood pocket park full of history. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Alin, a neighbor to the piece of land, led the development of revitalizing the overgrown lot into a park. He coordinated the efforts of the West Fargo Park District, the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and the West Fargo Beautification Committee to establish a plan to develop a small passive park overlooking the river. The land was gifted to the Park District by the Dipple family and it became an official West Fargo park in 1986. Through donation efforts, the park project was completed. Benches, a small path around the park, flower gardens/other plantings, trees, a flagpole, and a boulder inscribed with the park’s history can be found there, as well as the “Circle of Fun” statue serving as the centerpiece of the park. Honing its name from its actions, the park was built by the citizens, for the citizens of West Fargo, deservedly called Citizens Park!
508 7th Ave W, West Fargo