Kandiyohi County successful in obtaining state grant for improvements at Big Kandi East

Kandiyohi County has been awarded a Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation grant for park improvements at Big Kandi East County Park. The grant is for $234,000 and will help fund the construction of a new bathhouse and camper cabins at the county park.

Kandiyohi County was awarded an Outdoor Recreation Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help fund improvements at Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East. Those improvements include camper cabins, like the ones constructed at Games Lake County Park. West Central Tribune file photo
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WILLMAR — With $234,000 in hand from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Kandiyohi County is moving forward with improvements at Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East.

In February, the county applied for a 2022 Outdoor Recreation Grant to help fund the project at the park. Last week, County Administrator Larry Kleindl heard back from the state.

"We were awarded that grant," Kleindl said at Tuesday's Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The commissioners unanimously approved a motion accepting the grant, and also gave their permission for the county to begin working with an architect on the design for the project.

"Most likely we will use the rest of this year for planning. We have two years to do this," Kleindl said.


The proposed improvements include a new bathhouse, camper cabins and an access road and parking for those cabins. The total estimated project cost is $468,000, with the county picking up the remaining cost.

Kleindl said the hope is the county will be able to complete all the improvements for the estimated total, but higher building material costs might impact the budget.

Construction on the improvements could begin in the spring.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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