The seawall along the DECC waterfront has suffered deterioration and storm damage and is in need of significant rehabilitation. Adjacent to the seawall is city-owned property comprised of a segment of the Baywalk trail system and Harbor Drive, which are impacted by the seawall deterioration and potential reconstruction. This waterfront area is expected to be the terminal for the growing cruise ship industry, and a redesign of the public spaces between the seawall and the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center is necessary.
The City of Duluth, with the help of qualified consultant team, will create a plan for improvements to the seawall and adjacent public areas starting at Minnesota slip (Blue pedestrian bridge) to Pier B. This project has incorporated significant stakeholder and public engagement. In addition to the seawall and cruise ship infrastructure, the plan will create a waterfront redesign, including alternatives to Harbor Drive functionality, access to the DECC and public spaces, programmable areas to be utilized by the public, stakeholders and the DECC, Baywalk design and amenities, and other identified stakeholder and community needs.