Parks & Recreation

Gary New Duluth Recreation Area


Project Status: Fundraising

Project Overview:

GND Development Alliance (GNDDA) and the City of Duluth developed a Mini Master Plan to detail the revitalization of the Gary New Duluth Recreation Area (The GND REC). Over the past decade, efforts to implement this plan have been underway and The GND REC has fundamentally transformed to a full-service community recreation area. Completed improvements include an upgraded and accessible community center, soccer fields, an open-air pavilion, multi-use sport court, community garden, dog park, parking, sidewalks, and green stormwater infrastructure. Remaining project work includes completing construction of a premier skatepark, additional parking, and accessible site connectivity improvements.

Project Update:

In March 2023, the City of Duluth, in partnership with GNDDA, submitted a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program to fund the remaining skatepark construction, a small pavilion installation, new parking lot, accessible parking stalls, and accessible pathways to all facilities. Notification of funding is anticipated by August 2023. If funding is awarded, project work will begin in 2024.

Funding Source:

Project work has been made possible due to the financial support of generous community members, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis River Corridor Initiative tourism tax funds. For a complete list of project sponsors, please visit:

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