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Grand opening of Big Marine Park

Washington County will host a Grand Opening Celebration at the new Big Marine Park Reserve in May Township Saturday, June 7, featuring family activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. KARE 11 TV meteorologist Sven Sundgaard will be the keynote speaker for the dedication.

The free public event will take place at the park's swimming beach. Vehicle parking permits are not required that day.

Family activities include a beach medallion hunt, wood duck house building, a live-bird nature program, nature walks, and an arts and crafts tent. The St. Croix Jazz Quintet will perform throughout the day.

The dedication is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m., a tree planting at 11:30 a.m., and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11:45 a.m.

Exhibits at the event will include historic farming artifacts, a live-fish aquarium, and displays about Washington County services.

Big Marine Park Reserve is located on County Road 15, just north of County Road 4, in May Township. Call (651) 430-8200 or visit for additional information.