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.
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 structures have been manufactured and the boardwalk will be replaced in the spring of 2024.
The City has been awarded two grants totaling $216,182 from the Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program to support the boardwalk replacements.