DWP trail improvements have been funded, in part, through grants administered by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Final reporting has been completed for both grants and they are now closed.
In 2018, the City was awarded a grant for $889,198 from the GMRPTC Legacy Grant Program. The grant funding supported restoration of the scenic Stewart Creek and Sargent Creek Bridges, completion of rock fall mitigation at the Ely’s Peak tunnel, installation of crushed stone on the trail to meet the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) accessibility standards, and construction of an adjacent segment of the Duluth Traverse at Spirit Mountain. The project restored connectivity for the section of the Duluth Winnipeg Pacific (DWP) Trail between Spirit Mountain and Mission Creek.
In 2017, the City was awarded a $150,000 Federal Recreational Trails Grant administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The grant funding supported infrastructure repairs and trail enhancement from Spirit Mountain west to Becks Road, including trail washout and erosion repair, culvert replacement, and trail grading.