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Parks Fund Neighborhood Grants Available - Deadline for applications is October 1, 2014

The City of Duluth will make $54,350 available through the Neighborhood Grant Program, part of the Duluth Parks Fund, to support projects and initiatives which will enhance and improve City parks and recreation. The Neighborhood Grant program is designed to provide direct support for community groups and organizations to establish value in, and add value to, our City parks and recreation. Grant awards may range from $500 - $5,000 per request. The City is partnering with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) on this grant program.

Grant applications are due October 1, 2014.  To begin the application process visit the DSACF website.


Old Hartley Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts!

The City of Duluth, along with its Active Transportation partners, are seeking volunteers to count bicycle and pedestrian users in Hartley Park along the Old Hartley Road on September 18. Volunteers are needed for a two-hour block of time. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Bring a friend! Counts are fun! Equipment and snacks provided. For more information, contact Judy Gibbs, Trail and Bikeway Coordinator for the City of Duluth at or 218-730-4308. Here is the link to the registration form:


Current Mini Master Plans:

  • Chester Mini Master Plan
  • Cross-Country Ski Trails Master Planning - For nearly two years, Gary Larson, former Nordic Director at Giants Ridge and director of daily operations for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, led the public through a process to get input on needs of the community for  cross country skiing. Gary has worked with the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, citizens, school and college coaches, elite athletes, land managers and more to tweak our trails. The DRAFT Master Plan is located here. Comments are welcomed. The Cross Country Ski Trails Master Planning is still underway. Additional planning and information will be added in the near future and will be posted as soon as it is available. Because of the additional information, the Plan will be presented first to the Parks and Recreation Commission and then to the City Council in the near future for their approval.
  • Central Hill Park Plan - The City of Duluth and the Central Hillside community saw a strong need to better organize and develop a design for the Central Hill Community Park. The park plays a major role in the community to provide recreational opportunities within walking distance for many residents and pulls the community together. The ojective of the park redesign is to design a park that will stand out in the community and be a welcoming, safe, and critical part of the Duluth parks system. Preliminary designs and additional information are available here.   

Completed Mini Master Plans:


Cross City Trail project update

Observation Park - Dog Park: public notice, map, and map narrative

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Parks & Recreation News Releases

09/10/2014Free Open Skating Events at Duluth Heritage Sports Center
09/09/2014Bayfront Family Center Open to Public until September 19
09/09/2014Bayfront Family Center Open to Public Until September 18 (revised)
09/08/201430th Annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest to Take Place September 20
09/03/2014Help Tackle Invasive Bamboo at Upcoming Events

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