Parks & Recreation

Lakewalk Interpretive Plan


Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The purpose of the Plan is to define specific elements and common themes for interpretation along the existing trail and the segments soon to be reconstructed during the Lakewalk resiliency and Harbor Plaza improvements. Themes will invite visitors to gain a richer understanding of the area and create meaningful spaces for visitors to engage. Interpretive elements will include historical, cultural, and artistic representations of people and place.

The project area includes the riverfront segments of the Baywalk along Bayfront Festival Park, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, and the south side of Canal Park, and then continues along the Lakewalk from the ship canal to 21st Avenue East. Altogether, the project spans nearly 3.5 miles of designated trail.

Project Update:

Two public meetings were held February 15 and 16. Both meetings included a presentation about the interpretive approach, draft plans for eight defined experience districts, and proposed interpretive content.

The virtual meeting on February 16 was recorded:

Webex meeting recording: Lakewalk Interpretive Plan Virtual Public Meeting 02-16-23
Password: 82bPbc7f


A draft of the Interpretive Plan will be presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission on April 19, 2023 and a final Interpretive Plan is expected to be presented for approval at the May 10, 2023 meeting.

Important Documents:

An informational presentation was provided at the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting on February 8, 2023. A link to slides used during the presentation is available: Lakewalk Interpretive Plan PRC Presentation 2-8-23