North Shore Adventure Park Enters Phase One

Four Investors Break Ground on Multiphase Adventure Park in Silver Bay

SILVER BAY, Minn. – Monday was the end of an era for one decades old pit stop on the North Shore.

The old Spur gas station off of Highway 61 in Silver Bay is now demolished, making way for new opportunity.

Four developers are now climbing toward new adventures, hoping the community and tourists will enjoy the development.

“It just needs a little love and tender care I think to really reach its potential,” said Alice Tibbetts, Investor in the North Shore Adventure Park.

For those of you taking trips up scenic Highway 61, chances are you’ll pass by the famous Rocky Taconite.

“We hope the project will boost tourism and create a more vibrant community,” said Tibbetts.

“I noticed this beautiful cliff behind this gas station when moving here nearly two years ago, and we gave it a name, Eleanor,” said Phil Huston, Investor in the North Shore Adventure Park.

Rocky Taconite now has a female companion close by.

“Eleanor has been trapped behind the old Spur gas station since 1956,” said Huston. “I’m a rock climber,” Huston remarked.

Huston says Silver Bay needs to see more economic development going into the future; development these investors are looking to do with outdoor recreation in mind.

“We’re going to make this a park, plus a rock climbing venue,” said Huston. “This is the corridor to the City and we’re going to beautify it.”

Currently, the site is contaminated. The decades old filling station was housing leaky fuel tanks. This caused previous owners to become involved in chaos with the State of Minnesota.

“As the park develops we’ll be adding more jobs and we’ll be developing, hopefully the economy,” said Huston.

According to developers, pollution cleanup is being funded with a $147,000 grant from the State of Minnesota, wish a cost-share grant and demo grant of $50,000 through IRRRB and staff assistance from the City of Silver Bay.

“I’m hoping we can make it attractive and we can point out some of the other wonderful qualities of Silver Bay that maybe people don’t know about,” said Huston.

“We just see so much potential to maximize what the area has to offer,” said Tibbetts.

Investors tell FOX 21 they hope to gain nearly ten acres of land, growing the North Shore Adventure Park behind the rock wall, and possibly across the street. Cliffs Natural Resources currently owns property adjacent from the site. 

A zip line, ropes course and mountain biking will also be included during future phases of construction.  

The new development will bring roughly 20 jobs to the City.

“We’ve received overwhelming support by the community,” said Huston.

Developers of the Adventure Park say they hope to have a soft opening for the rock climbing wall during the City’s Bay Days Celebration, July 7-9.

Stay with FOX 21 Local News for future developments on the project.

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