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Project Status: Post-Construction
Project Update: The City and community partners celebrated completion of park improvements at a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 14, 2018.
Project Overview: Harrison Park improvements were based on recommendations made by the City Council approved St. Louis River Corridor Neighborhood Parks Mini Master Plans, passed in June 2016. The scope of the project included removal of the abandoned tennis court, a new walkway connection through the park, a concrete patio and ADA ramp entrance off the back of the building, site lighting and fence removal.
Project Background: Harrison is one of thirteen parks along the St. Louis River Corridor that was identified as part of the larger St. Louis River Corridor Initiative. These parks are eligible for designated 1/2 and 1/2 tax funds. The Neighborhood Park Grant Fund is designated to help the City of Duluth accomplish the following six goals in the qualifying parks:
1) Build on and support environmental restoration
2) Enrich neighborhood quality of life
3) Attract new residents to buy homes in St. Louis River Corridor neighborhoods
4) Establish St. Louis River Corridor as major visitor destination
5) Stimulate place-appropriate economic development
6) Leverage additional funding
Funding Source: The City of Duluth will partner with user groups and residents to co-create and co-manage outdoor recreation experiences in the neighborhood parks along the corridor. The 9:1 match requires that a $10,000 of the project's funding be generated through community efforts, which can include cash donations, other grant funds, in-kind volunteer hours, and in kind donations of materials and professional services.
The Harrison Park match was met and exceeded by the Lincoln Park Children Families Collaborative and the Duluth Community Garden Program with the construction of a community garden in the fall of 2016.
St. Louis River Corridor Mini-Master Plan
Harrison Park Mini-Master Plan
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Related DocumentsSt. Louis River Corridor Presentation (June 2016)
St. Louis River Project Overview
Resolution to Approve the 28 SLRC Projects
St. Louis River Corridor Presentation (March 2015)