An old granite quarry turned state park offers year-round adventure (VIDEO)

Kerry Clines

June 16, 2017

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Stearns County Park
Screenshot from WJON video.

What was once a granite quarry in Central Minnesota has been turned into a site that offers great outdoor adventures for the public. Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is the largest park in the Stearns County Park system, WJON reports.

Peter Theismann, Stearns County Park Director, tells the news agency that the park has a wide variety of activities available. “It is a multi-purpose park,” he says. “You can picnic with your family, come get a suntan, swim, cool off, fish, hike, ride your bike, all close to the heart of St. Cloud.”

Theismann tells the news agency that it took a lot of hard work to bring the park to fruition. “A lot of hard work by, particularly, Mark Sakry and Chuck Wocken, who was the park director for 38 years,” he says. “Mark saw the enjoyment that the quarries brought to his family. As the county updated it’s comprehensive plan, Chuck and Mark worked to keep this as the idea.”

A book written by Mark Sakry tracks the history of Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and can be purchased through the Stearns County Parks Department and is available at the Great River Regional Library.

The park is open all year from 8:00 a.m until a half hour after sunset.

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