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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 the Phase 1 of construction, referred to as, Lincoln Park's "Places to Play" project is underway.

The Lincoln Park “Place to Play” Construction Project: 

Phase 1 of construction will take place over the 2019 construction season. The work will commence after the completion of a separate FEMA Miller Creek Restoration Project which will take place in August-September of 2017 and spring 2018.  The FEMA project will address damages from the 2012 Flood.

Highlights from the Phase I Construction Project will include:

  • Restoration of the Stone Pavilion
  • Relocation, expansion and reconfiguration of the playground and picnic area
  • Vegetation restoration & landscaping
  • Parking Lot
  • Walkway circulation and lighting

Project Background: Lincoln Park is one of four qualifying parks for the Grand Avenue Parks Fund. The fund is part of the larger St. Louis River Corridor Project supported by the 1/2 and 1/2 tax fund. This specially designated funding will provide "destination-level" investments to qualifying parks. The Grand Avenue Parks Fund invests in community partnerships with user groups and residents to co-create and co-manage outdoor recreation experiences in the neighborhoods along the corridor.

In 2016, the City of Duluth, in partnership with Ecolibrium3, was the recipient of a $50,000 grant through the US Bank Places to Play grant initiative.

In June 2017, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded the City of Duluth with a $50,000 grant towards the Lincoln Park's Place to Play project. The project was implemented to help restore the historic park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. The restoration includes adding new cultural and recreational programming in the park and the addition of two playscapes, picnic areas, restrooms and restoration of the park pavilion. In addition, there was a combined local match of $85,000 from Essentia Health, St. Luke's Hospital, Maurices and Minnesota Power.

In July of 2017, the City of Duluth is one of 13 communities in the country to be selected by the National Park Service for a $750,000 to help restore the City's first established park, Lincoln Park. This grant along with additional contributions will enable significant facility upgrades, a new playground, and accessible trails.

Funding Source: $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 pro

Important Documents:

FINAL Lincoln Park Mini Master Plan - (Approved  by city council on February 22, 2016) 

Lincoln Park Community Design Engagement Results - (May 15, 2017)

Lincoln Park Public Meeting Presentation - (June 28, 2018)

Lisa Luokkala
Senior Parks Planner
Parks and Recreation
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-4312


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