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Project Status: Construction
Project Update: Concrete for the new plaza, main entry staircase and sidewalks has been poured. Demolition of the existing blacktop and installation of the new playground was completed the week of 7/16/18. Additional work to be completed in July and early August.
Project Overview: Irving Park Phase I improvements are 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 includes removal of aged infrastructure in the park, installation of new accessible walkways through the park, new stairs to the parking lot, site preparation for the installation of a new playground, relocation of the basketball court, site lighting, and plaza gathering space adjacent to the garage/concession.
Project Background: Irving Park 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 Irving Park match was met and exceeded by the Irving Community Club's donation of $30,000 towards the project.
St. Louis River Corridor Mini-Master Plan
Irving 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)