Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2021


Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Department is embarking on the creation of a city-wide Parks and Recreation 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 improved parks, trails, and programming offerings. Yet, opportunities to improve still remain. The Master Plan is 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, we have selected Design Workshop as our 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 this plan to understand the needs, values and anticipated future demands of Duluth’s residents and park system users. The first step of the Master Plan project is hosting a series of focus group meetings with select stakeholders in order to understand the broad range of interests and perspectives regarding Duluth’s parks and recreation. Focus group participants will be comprised of recreation partners, subject matter experts, and citizens representing a spectrum of experience and areas of interest.


  • Project Kick-off: July, 2021
  • Focus Group Meetings: August, 2021
  • Taking Stock of Existing Conditions: August – November 2021
  • Analyzing Duluth’s System: August-December 2021
  • Creating a Shared Vision: September, 2021-February, 2022
  • Evaluating Concepts and Developing Recommendations: December 2021-April, 2022
  • Plan Documentation and Preparation: March –June,2022
  • Master Plan Adoption by City Council: June, 2022

Important Documents:

2010 Master Plan