Parks & Recreation

Spirit Valley Community Center

SVCC Progress Page Photo

Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The Duluth Spirit Valley Community Center (SVCC) will be a 36,000 sf multi-purpose community center located in Memorial Park adjacent to Laura MacArthur Elementary in western Duluth. The Community Center will house all-ages wellness and recreation programming, workforce development, indoor sport courts able to host regional tournaments, and a community health clinic. It is anticipated that the project will also enable Duluth Public Schools to establish Laura MacArthur Elementary as Duluth Public School's fourth community school.

Construction of the Spirit Valley Community Center supports longstanding parks infrastructure goals of striving for a smaller number of higher quality facilities that are better maintained and used. The SVCC would replace seven previously removed community centers in western Duluth.

Funding Source:

The City of Duluth is in the process of requesting and securing funding to support the project. Funding sources could include State General Obligation Bonds, City funding from the St. Louis River Corridor and Athletic Venue Reinvestment Initiative (Half-and-Half tourism taxes), Federal Coronavirus Capital Projects Program, Congressionally Directed Spending Appropriation, as well as private fundraising and sponsorships.


2024 – Secure primary project funding

2025 – Complete design

2026 – Construction

2027 – Spirit Valley Community Center opens for use

Project Partners:

  • Valley Youth Centers
  • Health Equity Northland
  • Duluth Community School Collaborative
  • Duluth Public Schools
  • St. Louis County
  • City of Duluth: Parks and Recreation and Career Force