Minnesota Point Boardwalks
Project Status: Construction
The City intends to restore beachgrass and replace deteriorated boardwalks that provide sustainable ABA beach access across the Minnesota Point sand dunes in two locations: Lafayette Community Center and Park Point. The new boardwalks will be constructed with pre-fabricated steel frames and topped with Ipe boards that were salvaged and retained for reuse during the Lakewalk reconstruction project.
The City has been awarded funding from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Costal Program to replace the boardwalk at Lafayette Community Center, and this work is expected to take place in 2023. The City has applied for a second round of funding, and is awaiting final confirmation of award, to replace the boardwalk at Park Point. If the second round of funding is awarded, work on the Park Point boardwalk is expected to take place in 2024.
As part of the boardwalk replacement project at Lafayette Community Center, the City conducted a Phase 1 Archeological Survey, inclusive of monitoring by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, to evaluate the project area for the potential of historic and cultural resources. The Phase 1 Archeological Survey, which is funded by the grant, was completed in May 2023. There were no significant findings identified during the study. The steel support structure will be ordered/manufactured in summer of 2023, and the boardwalk will be replaced in the fall of 2023.
Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program