Parks & Recreation

Gary New Duluth Recreation Area


Project Status: Fundraising

Project Overview:

GND Development Alliance (the Alliance) and the City of Duluth developed a Mini Master Plan to detail the revitalization of the Gary New Duluth Recreation Area (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:

With a recent allocation of $300,000 from the Duluth Athletic Venues Reinvestment Initiative, the skate park project has reached full funding. The City and the Alliance will be entering a funding agreement to pursue completion of the skate park). The skate park project will then be put out for bid and a specialized contractor will be selected to complete construction. Skate park construction is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 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, the St. Louis River Corridor Initiative tourism tax funds, and the Athletic Venues Reinvestment Initiative tourism tax funds. For a complete list of project sponsors, please visit:

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