New trail improvements hope to increase traffic to Patterson Lake

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DICKINSON, N.D. - The Dumond's have been away from their Wichita, Kansas home for three weeks. A bad transmission stalled their trip in Dickinson.

"Had some car trouble, getting the car fixed so we had to stick around for a couple of extra days to get our vehicle fixed. And so this has been a nice part of our stay. The kids have loved it,” said Travis Dumond.

"We've been traveling in the car a lot. So it's nice to get out and play,” said 7-year-old Amelia Dumond.

The kids are playing on a new playground at Patterson Lake in Dickinson. The playground was one part of the renovations made to Crooked Crane Trail.

"It hit a point in late 2010 when it kind of died and it over grew and people couldn't really find the trail," said Dickinson Parks and Rec Director James Kramer.

This phase cost about $1,500,000 which included paving nearly 2 miles of walkway, new playground and workout equipment. Kramer says the goal is accessibility.

"Eventually, there will be connections to this trail that people will be able to access straight from in town to get out here," said Kramer.

The final phase is expected to be completed in 2-3 years. Preliminary work on the next two phases is expected to start this fall. Kramer said he estimates the cost will be about $500,000 to $750,000.