Parks & Recreation

Lakewalk-Brighton Beach Resiliency Project


Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The Lakewalk and Brighton Beach have experienced damage from recent storm events and will experience future damage unless the City acts to ensure its long-term resiliency by mitigating the impacts of future events. The City of Duluth, with the help of a qualified landscape architecture firm and coastal engineering firm, will create a plan for improvements to the Lakewalk, starting at Endion Station and through Brighton Beach, that will ensure it’s long-term sustainability and resiliency.   This project will include shoreline enhancements, potential trail relocation and reconstruction, improved access to shoreline beaches, replacement of non-native plant species, review of lighting and other safety features.   

During construction, the Lakewalk and Brighton Beach will need to be closed for all uses and users in this section, possibly in stages.  Check back here for updates. 

Project Update:

The City has contracted with LHB as a Landscape Architecture Firm and AMI Consulting Engineers as our Coastal Engineer. To date, our project team as engaged with numerous stakeholders to analyze existing conditions and identify problem areas that threaten these beloved spaces. Our consultant team prepared initial concepts for public review and input, which were presented at a virtual public meeting on October 7. The recording can be found in the Important Documents section below. 

Funding Source:

2020 State Bond Funding


Planning to be completed by November 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2022, and be completed by December of 2023. 

Important Documents:

Lakewalk – Brighton Resiliency Preliminary Draft PDF from October 7 Public Meeting

October 7 Virtual Public Meeting Recording