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A secret in a neighborhood South of Fargo

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"it's a nice place to come and sit and meditate a little bit."

There lies a secret in this sweet little neighborhood of Orchard Glen.

"I like to bring my dogs out here for a walk, it's nice and quiet, no traffic, I don't have to worry about them getting run over."

Dr. Kirt Ficenec has seen this land go through quite a bit.

"when I moved to my house right down the street, 20 years ago this apple orchard was privately owned at the time."

Apples used to be sold here, at Orchard Glen.

"and good tasting' apples"

But after being struck hard by the 1997 flood, and the 2009 flood, the land was bought out, and now belongs to the county.

Leaving the orchard, just kind of abandoned.

"the development was really stopped in progressing."

But little do you know, the orchard still grows here, for the community.

"ya know apples are wild, so ya know they will grown on their own."

"and the biggest secret is, Orchard Glen is still producing fruit, and you can come here and pick it yourself."

"yeah normally every year I will come out and get a basket of a apples, and make my own apple sauce, and freeze some during the fall."

Fargo Parks plans to acquire and develop Orchard Glen Park, which includes the apples.

"It's such a natural fit. It's beautiful property that already has tremendous woodland along the river. Tremendous access to nature. So we really want to work with the county to get these nature parks up and going."

And if they buy the park, it would be a community area, still free of pesticides, free of traffic, and free to taste.

"we need to have more places that people can get out and enjoy the outdoors."

And now, the secret is out.

How to find Orchard Glen:

Go south on University Drive

Turn Left on 76th Avenue South (You should see a sign for Orchard Glen)

Go half a mile till you hit a dead end, and you must walk to the orchard

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