Jay Cooke State Park reopens after 2012 flooding

5:38 AM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

DULUTH, Minn. - Heavy rains and flooding almost one year ago took Duluth and other nearby towns by storm.

Jay Cooke State Park was among the areas that suffered significant damage totaling more than $3 million.

The park closed down for most of last summer, but it is back open.

"This has been fun because we haven't been back since the flooding," said Harriet Halli, who recently the park.

The park is ready for recreation, but there is also a lot of construction going on yet this summer.

"The swinging bridge is being repaired," said Park Manager Garry Hoeft. "It's a major connector between the north and the south part of the park that should be done by the end of August."

The bridge will be restored to its original condition when it was built in 1934.

Highway 210 is also being restored through the park between Oldenburg Point and the park office. The bridge that is being built for that project should be done in October.

While the work continues all summer, park officials hope efforts to restore the area will not discourage visitors from enjoying the sights.

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