Site of deadly 2013 landslide to partly reopen at St. Paul's Lilydale Park


Part of the St. Paul park where two young boys lost their lives in a landslide nearly two years ago will reopen, according to an announcement from city officials.

The Parks and Recreation department plans to restore some access to an affected portion of Lilydale Regional Park in the spring or summer. However, parts of it deemed unsafe by engineers will remain closed off, KARE 11 reports.

Following the recommendations of Barr Engineering, a Minneapolis company commissioned to conduct a geological survey following the accident, officials will reopen about half of the park's fifty-acre Brickyard area, according to the Star Tribune.

Named for the former Twin City Brick Company that once stood there (according to the National Park Service), it's home to popular fossil sites that were typically frequented by children on school field trips.

This was the case the May 2013, when a group of kids from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park were swamped by a landslide. The accident killed two boys, 9-year-old Haysem Sani and 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, and injured two others.

Officials will open "fossil site No. 1" to school groups, and plan to issue permits for the area this fall, according to the Pioneer Press.

The paper notes that the Brickyard Trail, which runs from the top of the bluffs down into the park, will be improved in the coming months and should reopen in spring or summer, but added that still-restricted areas will remain closed off "indefinitely."

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