Parks & Recreation

Essential Spaces: Duluth Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Plan


Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The Parks and Recreation Division is embarking on the creation of "Essential Spaces: Duluth Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Plan", a city-wide parks system Master Plan. The City last conducted a master planning of its parks system in 2010. Much has changed since this time, including many new and enhanced parks, trails, and programming offerings. Yet, opportunities to improve still remain. Essential Spaces will serve as a long-range planning document to guide the Department in the development and prioritization of programs, facilities, parks, and natural lands that serve the Duluth community now and into the future. This master planning effort will take a fresh look at the parks system and, with multiple opportunities for community outreach and engagement, will reflect the community’s values and guiding principles.

Project Update:

After issuing a request for proposals, Design Workshop was selected as the lead consultant team to help us through this expected 12-month process. We have established a Project Advisory Committee, made up of staff and citizen representatives, to guide the process along with our consultant team.

Community engagement is an important aspect of developing the Essential Spaces plan to understand the needs, values and anticipated future demands of Duluth’s residents and park system users. In August 2021, Design Workshop led a series of focus group meetings with select stakeholders, comprised of recreation partners, subject matter experts, and citizens representing a spectrum of experience and areas of interest. In October/November 2021, a survey on citizen needs and values as they relate to our parks system was conducted. The survey was open for a 5-week period and received over 1,900 responses. In 2022, community workshops will be held to further connect with our residents.



Important Documents:

2010 Master Plan