New park in Orono rich with history

Lurton Park in Orono will hold a grand opening for the new Susan E. Lurton off-leash dog park on June 17 from 1-3 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Communities are rich with history. From historical buildings and landmarks to parks and rural areas, communities are packed with stories behind them.

The parks around Orono are no exception to this.

“All of the parks in Orono were made with the intent of preserving the history at each location,” Orono Park Commission Chair Rick Meyers said.

Orono is currently gearing up for the grand opening of its newest park, the Susan E. Lurton Nature and Off-Leash Dog Park, which will take place on June 17.

In order to protect the park and offset the additional costs incurred with maintaining an off leash park, access to the park is controlled via an annual pass system. The cost for Orono residents will be $25 and $40 for non-residents. However, the park will be free during the grand opening.

The new park is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Classen and features everything from forests to wetlands, as well as an open restored prairie area. The restored natural prairie will have mowed paths to picnic tables. The park will also feature a wooded hiking trail, which is being improved with wood chips and benches for viewing and enjoying the area.

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