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Laurentian Divide recreation area to temporarily close

The wayside park north of Virginia will receive several upgrades.

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The Laurentian Divide Day Use Area and picnic grounds will be out of commission from Aug. 3 to Sept. 13 to make way for improvements. The site, located north of Virginia on U.S. Highway 53, is a scenic wayside park with restrooms and picnic tables. It helps visitors better understand the Laurentian Divide watershed and provides access to the Lookout Mountain network of hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoe trails.

Outdated toilets at the Superior National Forest park will be replaced with new vault toilets that provide better access for people with disabilities. Lighting benches and garbage receptacles will be upgraded. And the parking lot will be resurfaced with new curb and gutter to be installed to better meet accessibility standards.

While the project is in progress, no public access to the site will be allowed. But visitors will still be able to access the neighboring trail system via the Laurentian Snowmobile Trail parking lot.

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