Parks & Recreation

Keene Creek Park

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Project Status: Construction

Project Overview:

Keene Creek Park improvements are based on recommendations made by the City Council approved St. Louis River Corridor Neighborhood Parks Mini Master Plans, passed in June 2016. Keene Creek Park is a 13 acre urban park in the Fairmount Neighborhood, with a unique location under Interstate 35 bridge decks and adjacent to Grand Avenue. Two branches of Keene Creek run through the park and join together at the southeastern edge of the park. The park currently features a dog park, basketball court, tennis courts, playground, skate park and several paved trails. Keene Creek Park is one of thirteen parks along the St. Louis River Corridor that was identified as part of the larger St. Louis River Corridor Initiative. These parks are eligible for designated 1/2 and 1/2 tax funds. The Neighborhood Park Grant Fund is designated to help the City of Duluth accomplish the following six goals in the qualifying parks:

  1. Build on and support environmental restoration
  2. Enrich neighborhood quality of life
  3. Attract new residents to buy homes in St. Louis River Corridor neighborhoods
  4. Establish St. Louis River Corridor as major visitor destination
  5. Stimulate place-appropriate economic development
  6. Leverage additional funding

Project Update:

Keene Creek Park enjoys a new playground, expanded and improved dog park, interior paved trail system, and new signage. Remaining items on mini-master plan include improvements to the parking lots and basketball courts, skate park expansion, and the construction of Duluth’s first progressive and fully adaptive mountain bike skills park. The bike skills park will be located on the south side of the creek, adjacent to Grand Avenue. The bike park is in design and fundraising phase. 

Funding Source:

The City of Duluth partnered with user groups and residents to develop a funding package. Funding includes City of Duluth half and half tourism tax, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. 

Timeline:

Public meetings related to the planning process will announced via City of Duluth press releases and community calendars. Please sign up for City of Duluth communication updates, subscribe by using: web subscriptions sign-up

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