Parks & Recreation

Lakewalk Interpretive Plan

Lakewalk Interpretive Plan Overview

Project Status: Plan Complete

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:

A draft of the Interpretive Plan was presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission on April 19, 2023. The public comment period for the draft plan was from April 19 to May 8, 2023. 

The final draft of the Interpretive Plan was presented at the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The Commission unanimously approved a resolution recommending approval of the Lakewalk Interpretive Plan. The plan was approved by City Council on June 26, 2023. A copy of the plan is available in the Important Documents section below.

Important Documents:

06-26-23 Final Lakewalk Interpretive Plan

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 and is available at the link below:

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