Parks & Recreation

Lincoln Park


Project Status: Design/Cultural Review

Project Overview:

Lincoln Park Mini Master Plan was completed in February of 2016. The plan called for over $1.6 million dollars of restoration to the park, including addressing safety, programming needs and accessibility. Design for construction is being finalized.

Highlights of the project will include:

  • Restoration of the picnic pavilion, including ADA restrooms
  • Relocation, expansion and reconfiguration of the playground and picnic area
  • Vegetation restoration & landscaping
  • Two new parking lots, one on the upper and one on the lower terrace
  • Walkway circulation and lighting
  • Restoration of the existing pavilion
  • New full sized basketball court, separable to two half size basket ball courts on upper terrace
  • New nature playscape and picnic pavilion on upper terrace
  • Lincoln Park Drive stabilization and repaving

Funding for the project includes: $550,000 in 1/2 and 1/2 Tourism Tax funding, $50,000 US Bank Places to Play Grant, $50,000 Super Bowl Legacy funding, $85,000 local match funding from Essentia Health, St. Luke's Hospital, Maurices and Minnesota Power, and $750,000 National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program grant.

Project Update:

Environmental Assessment:

Following extensive historic review and several plan changes, the final concept plan has now been set and is included below. There remains one adverse effect, as identified in the Determination of Adverse Effect letter (below), which consists of the removal of two retaining wall sections labeled as Wall 1 and Wall 3 in the concept plan. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been finalized and is presented in the document list below. The purpose of the MOA is to mitigate the adverse effects of removing those two retaining wall sections.

The next step in this project is to complete an Environmental Assessment. The initial report, “Lincoln Park Environmental Assessment Floodplain Impacts” is included in the section below, and identifies floodplain impacts and alternatives explored.

The public was invited to submit comments on this project as it relates to floodplain impacts, and that public comment period closed on April 14, 2022. The City did not receive any comments. We then updated the Final Determination as it relates to floodplain impacts on this project and have issued a final notice and public comment period which closed on May 4. We are now in the process of finalizing the full environmental assessment and will issue our findings after the MOA has been executed, which is anticipated to be in mid-June. There will be a final comment period in June/July. Additional information will be provided at that time.