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Will Bowmann, a summer student at Bemidji State University, takes a test at Bemidji's Diamond Point Park on Thursday afternoon not knowing the park officially re-opened at 3 p.m. The park closed after the July 2 storm toppled more than 80 trees. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Diamond Point Park reopens

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BEMIDJI - The gates to Diamond Point Park here have reopened.

Diamond Point Park has been closed since the July 2 storm. Winds of 80 mph caused extensive damage to the park, where more than 80 trees went down, many of which were large white and red pines.

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Throughout the last 17 days, park staff, contractors and volunteers worked extended hours to remove trees and debris in an effort to restore the park.

"We are very excited to re-open the park to the community," Marcia Larson, parks and recreation director, said in a release. "Although the landscape may have changed, the park looks great and is still one of the premier parks in Bemidji."

Larson thanked volunteers who assisted the city with cleaning up all of the city's parks following the storm.

At Diamond Point, the pavilion on the point will remain closed until it is repaired.

In the meantime, the Main Building is available for rental.

With Diamond Point reopening, Kids in Motion Day Camp will be move back into the park. The last week of camp starts Monday. Registration can be done online at www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

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