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Business Member Highlight: SRF Consulting

Below is a contribution from GMPT business member SRF Consulting. For more information, please visit

When Hubbard County acquired 353 acres north of Park Rapids that used to be the Val Chatel Ski Area to develop a new regional park, they reached out to SRF Consulting Group to provide assistance with the process of submitting an application for Regional Designation through the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC). Once the park was designated as regionally significant, SRF assisted the County in developing a master plan, which was approved in 2023.

The property has steep hills, a mixed forest of hardwoods and conifer trees, wetlands, and two lakes. It is uniquely situated between several significant recreation amenities, including the North Country Trail, which passes within a mile of the park, the future Heartland Trail Itasca Spur, which will be less than two miles west of the park, and Paul Bunyan State Forest, which is three miles east of the park.

Deep Lake Park will be an exciting park to visit. There will be multiple camping opportunities, including cart-in campsites situated around Deep Lake, 16 drive-in campsites, a group camp, and an RV campground. The park will also include four camper cabins with spectacular views of Deep Lake. The recreation plan for the park includes silent sports activities, including hiking, mountain biking, lake access for non-motorized boats, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There will be picnic facilities and a year-round trailhead building. 

SRF’s team of landscape architects specializes in planning and design for parks and trails. We have experience in all aspects of the planning and design process, from grant writing to public engagement and final design to construction administration.

To learn more about the work of SRF Consulting and how they can help develop your next parks and trails project, please visit their website or contact Senior Project Manager Stewart Crosby at