About Sudden Park


Turning a former gas station into a neighborhood park

For over 45 years, Sahr’s Sudden Service Station operated as a gas station and auto mechanic at the intersection of 4th Street and 6th Avenue in Fargo. Kilbourne Group acquired the property in the fall of 2015 and offered Folkways use of the space. The Folkways team is activating the space to further engage the Horace Mann neighborhood and enhance the area’s connection with downtown Fargo. 

During the week of June 20th the Folkways team organized a week-long brainstorm and prototyping activity. Based on Folkways’s experience with and interest in Human Centered Design, the team used a five-day framework emulating Google Venture’s Sprint process. After hours of interviews, ideas, and hard work, we decided to create the Sudden Park.

Over the summer and fall of 2016, over 1,000 people visited the park for events and to enjoy the installations. For winter of 2017, Folkways will create a pop-up ice sculpture garden in collaboration with the City of Fargo's Arts and Culture Commission.