Parks & Recreation

Kitchi Gammi Park - Brighton Beach

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Project Status: Construction

Project Overview:

Kitchi Gammi Park (Brighton Beach) has 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, created a plan for improvements to Kitchi Gammi Park to ensure long-term sustainability and resiliency. This project will include new park landscaping and amenities, shoreline stabilization, improved access to the shore, and replacement of non-native plant species.

The City has contracted with LHB as a Landscape Architecture Firm and AMI Consulting Engineers as Coastal Engineer. Planning for the Brighton Beach Resiliency Plan was completed in December 2021.

Project Update:

The Lakewalk through Brighton Beach is open, but the park is not yet open for reservations. The park will be open for rental reservations after the road construction project is complete.

Storm damaged shoreline restoration work, with support from FEMA and State of MN funding was completed in 2023. Improvements to the park landscape and amenities were substantially complete in 2023. Remaining park work includes installation of memorial benches, some concrete work, and other site finishings, which will be completed in spring 2024.

City Engineering is managing the Brighton Beach road design and construction. Construction on the road is expected to take place in 2024.

Important Documents:

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

October 7 Virtual Public Meeting Recording

Brighton Beach Mini-Master Plan 2019 Council Approved - 8/19/2019