Visitors can visit the Paul Bunyan Park in Bemidji to marvel at the 18-foot tall statue of the giant and his towering ox for a fantastic photo opportunity. The statues are so large and attention-grabbing that drivers on Highway 197 pull over to stare at the iconic Bemidji landmark and the mighty Mississippi River behind them. With the park’s latest features and updates, it’s even more of a reason to visit the area.
The park recently added a playground, hosting a grand opening with a ribbon cutting on September 17, 2016. The newly revealed playground is noted for its “timber” themes to match the lumberjack statue and heavily wooded surroundings. The playground is disability friendly thanks to Shane’s Inspiration, an organization consisting of engineers, physicians, occupational therapists, parents and children with a mission to make the place accessible for everyone.