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The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Division is preparing a mini-master plan for the West Duluth Sports Corridor, which includes Wheeler Athletic Complex, Wade Stadium, and the Heritage Sports Center (a privately-owned and operated facility). Click HERE for project area map.The master planning process began in December 2014 and is expected to be completed by August 2015. An Advisory Committee is providing guidance and input throughout the process. Click HERE for the project process and timeline. The plan will identify improvements to establish this area as a premier athletic destination for northeast Minnesota.
The focus of the proposed West Duluth Sports Corridor Mini-master Plan is the reinvestment into existing facilities with an emphasis on connectivity between the major destinations of Wheeler Athletic Complex, Wade Stadium, and the Heritage Sports Center. The plan includes many of the existing facilities receiving improvements, or being repurposed. The general layout of park facilities will remain intact with the softball and baseball fields remaining on the upper terrace of Wheeler Athletic Complex and the lower terrace consisting of a variety of court sports and an expanded skate park. The primary focus on the Wade Stadium side is on circulation (both vehicular and pedestrian), improved and expanded parking and access/visibility with expanded trails and upgraded lighting.
Opportunities for Community Input
Two community open houses were held to allow the public to discuss and review concepts for the West Duluth Sports Corridor. The results of the open house and on-line questionnaire helped form the preferred direction for the Mini-master Plan and future improvements.
The public is encouraged to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the final draft of the Plan. The proposed final plan will be reviewed and voted on at an upcoming Parks Commission meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5 pm in the Central Hillside Center, 12 East 4th Street. If approved by the Parks Commission, the final plan will be presented to the City Council for approval at their September 28 meeting.
Share your thoughts on the plan HERE.
Next Community Meeting: Location: Central Hillside Center, 12 East 4th StreetDate/Time: Wednesday, September 9, 20155:00 p.m.
For more information contact:Lindsay DeanManager, Duluth Parks and Recreation(218) 730-4300ldean@DuluthMN.gov
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