The Detroit Lakes region is known for its mile-long, sugar-sand city beach with adjacent shaded City Park. Guests can enjoy the public playgrounds, picnic shelters and bandshell with scheduled family-friendly performances. The accessible fishing pier on the beach provides fishing access to everyone. The city’s Recreational Center and Washington Ball Park is located directly across from the beach for visitors to access both the facilities and the water within steps. Maintaining public access to lakefront property with high market-rate value requires commitment. As Kelcey Klemm, City Administrator, states, the city is glad it has committed this land to the public: “It’s just free space that everybody can use.” For more on the health benefits of green space see this USDA report.