Parks & Recreation

Keene Creek Park


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:

Parks and Recreation hosted a virtual public meeting on Thursday, June 4. This meeting reviewed the proposed new design of Keene Creek Park playground. The existing playground is past its useful lifespan and does not meet accessible surfaces guidelines. The proposed design incorporates new inclusive play elements, which will allow everyone, regardless of ability, the opportunity to play.

Funding Source:

The City of Duluth will partner with user groups and residents to co-create and co-manage outdoor recreation experiences in the neighborhood parks along the corridor. The 9:1 match requires that a $10,000 of the project's funding be generated through community efforts, which can include cash donations, other grant funds, in-kind volunteer hours, and in kind donations of materials and professional services.


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