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:

Final Plan and Public Comment Period:

In January, 2021, the City of Duluth made several concept plan and scope of work changes to reduce some adverse impacts to historic features in the park.  We held a public meeting on January 28th to present those changes.  The City then reinitiated the Section 106 Historic Review Process with the grantors,  the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, and several consulting parties.  In the interim, the City has undertaken additional research and data collection and considered alternatives to proposed scope items that had a potential adverse effect on historic features. 

The City is now presenting its final concept plan, found below, which is nearly identical to the updated concept presented in January.  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 drafted and is presented below.  The purpose of the MOA is to mitigate the adverse effects of removing those two retaining wall sections. 

Starting September 15, 2021, the City is providing an opportunity for the public to review the final concept plan and the draft MOA.  We will have an open comment period for two weeks, ending on September 30th.  Please use the comment form below, or contact Cliff Knettel, Senior Parks Planner at 218-730-4312 to share your comments.