Parks & Recreation

Chester Park Shared Use Ski Trail

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Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The City of Duluth Chester Park Mini-Master Plan (approved November 2014), and the Cross Country Ski Trail Master Plan (approved May 2015) recommended a trial period for shared use of the existing cross country ski trails at Chester Park. These plans call for a recommendation be made to the Parks and Recreation Commission on or before June 1, 2017 that would address whether to build a separate parallel pedestrian trail or limit use to Nordic skiing in all or major parts of Chester Park.

City Administration extended the trial period to 2019 to allow additional stakeholder and public input. Through this process it is determined that pedestrians and skiers are unable to coexist, and therefore a recommendation, as called for within the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan, will be brought to Parks and Recreation Commission.  

Project Update:

The Parks and Recreation Commission motion to accept City Staff recommendation for "building a separate parallel pedestrian trail"  as identified in the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan was not approved at the September 2019 meeting. City Staff are working on alternative solutions for multiple user groups. Parks Staff hope to provide an update to the Parks and Recreation Commission at their November 2019 meeting.

Timeline:

Timeline of Process since 2018
Original Trail Signage Implementation – 2017/2018 Winter Season
Public Meeting #1 – February 20th, 2018
Public User Survey – Spring 2018
Stakeholder Meeting #1 – May 3rd, 2018
Public Meeting #2 – March 21st, 2018
Stakeholder Meeting #2 – October 25th, 2018
New Trail Signage Implementation – 2018/2019 Winter Season
Trail & Camera Installation – 2018/2019 Winter Season
Stakeholder Meeting #3 – May 29th, 2019
Stakeholder Site Visit – July 8th, 2019Parks Commission Informational Presentation - August 14, 2019 Public Comment Period - August 15 - 29, 2019 Parks Commission Action Requested - September 11, 2019

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