Parks & Recreation

Brighton Beach

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Project Status: Construction

Project Overview:

The Brighton Beach (Kitchi Gammi Park) Mini-Master Plan was updated and adopted in August, 2019. The plan calls for extension of the Lakewalk, relocation of the road away from the shoreline, and restoration of the shoreline to better endure Lake Superior storms.

Project Update:

The City of Duluth will temporarily close Brighton Beach (Kitchi Gammi Park) to users effective Monday, August 3, 2021 to enable construction of the Lakewalk extension through the park. The initial closure includes all Brighton Beach vehicular and trail access, parking, and amenities such as play areas, water access and pavilions due to construction and heavy equipment usage.

The park is slated to reopen for paddlers, cyclists and pedestrians only in approximately 12 weeks, if conditions allow. Motor vehicle access to the park, including parking, will not be restored until the road reconstruction project is complete, estimated spring 2023. Until then, the only access to the park will be via Lake Superior, the Lakewalk and Brighton Beach hiking trail.

Brighton Beach will need to close in its entirety (including the Lakewalk) again in spring of 2022 starting with shoreline restoration, followed by construction and installation of new park amenities.

Due to upcoming short- and long-term closures for construction, there will be no events, programming or reservations allowed at Brighton Beach until Spring of 2023 at the earliest.

Construction projects at Brighton Beach (Kitchi Gammi Park) are expected to be completed in Spring of 2023. Tentative schedule for construction elements are subject to change as follows:

  • August-October 2021: Park closed for Lakewalk extension
  • October 2021: Park re-opens but with no motor vehicle access or parking. Access via Lake Superior, Lakewalk and Brighton Beach Hiking Trail only
  • Spring 2022: Park closes in its entirety (including water, Lakewalk and trail access, through the duration of construction, likely spring 2023.
  • Spring 2023: Park re-opens for all users, with motor vehicle access and parking. Park facilities may be reserved for events and programming.

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