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Quarry Park

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Project Status: Construction

Construction Updates:
1. Disc Golf construction is currently underway and will be completed in the spring of 2018. Labor was donated by volunteers from the Lake Superior Disc Golf Community and materials were provided by the City of Duluth through the ½ and ½ Tourism Tax Fund.

2. The construction of a ADA accessible loop at the base of the quarry will be built in the summer of 2018 by volunteer’s Duluth Climbers Coalition and materials paid for by a Parks Fund grant.

3. Construction of the western multi-use trail, which will connect at Skyline Parkway to the Duluth Traverse and the Superior Hiking Trail, will be built by COGGS in the summer of 2018.

Project Overview: Quarry Park is the City of Duluth's newest park, dedicated in May 2016. Located below Skyline Parkway adjacent to Brewer Park in West Duluth, and above the neighborhood between 46th Avenue West and 59th Avenue West. The land was originally owned and worked by the Duluth Crushed Stone Company. By the time the company ceased operation it had quarried out a 1,000-foot long, 100-foot high cliff.

Informally, since its abandonment, the Quarry has been a location for ice climbing, walking dogs, hiking, picnicking and enjoying a stunning view of Duluth. Most recently, Quarry Parks reputation as a steep and spectacular climbing location has been augmented by the focused development of mixed climbing routes. Today, it is a premier site and training ground for mixed climbing throughout the winter months, utilized by recreational climbers, university climbing programs, and guided groups.

The City of Duluth in partnership with local neighborhoods and the Duluth Climbers Coalition went through a master planning process for the park in the winter of 2015/2016. The plan outlines a vision for Quarry Park to be a neighborhood park offering accessible trails, disc golf, connections to the Superior Hiking Trail and Duluth Traverse, multi-use gathering space, in addition to world-class ice climbing as a major component.

Improvements to the park since its inception include: improved hiking trails, accessible main entrance trail and the active construction of the disc golf course.  Additional future improvements include: signage and wayfinding, ice farming infrastructure, parking lot improvements and additional trail work.

Project Partners:

 Duluth Climbers Coalition AND   Lake Superior Disc Golf Community

Important Documents:

Quarry Park Mini Master Plan FINAL(Approved by Parks Commission 4.20.16, City Council 5.9.16)

 

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

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