DATE: 6/17/2019 SUBJECT: Phase II of the Lakewalk Reconstruction to Begin BY: Kate Van Daele, Public Information Officer
Phase II of the Lakewalk Reconstruction to Begin [Duluth, MN] Phase II of the Lakewalk Reconstruction project will begin on June 24th, 2019. Phase II involves the reconstruction of the shoreline from Fitger’s to the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The asphalt and boardwalk trails will be replaced during this phase. Crews will be onsite removing debris from the Lakewalk beginning on June 17, so that the public can access the trails safely. Wayfinding signs have been placed around the Lakewalk construction zone sharing detour routes with the public. The reconstruction is a result of three consecutive, destructive storms that occurred in the past two years, October 2017, April 2018 and October of 2018. Thanks to funding from Federal and State disaster declarations, the City of Duluth has redesigned the Lakewalk with climate resiliency in mind. Phase II is expected to be complete by the beginning of August, at which time the Lakewalk will reopen to the public.
LAKEWALK MINI-MASTER PLAN: (sponsored by the City of Duluth Parks Department)
Friends of the Lakewalk! Your attention please!
The City of Duluth is about to embark on the long-awaited Lakewalk Mini Master Planning process. We want to be certain you are aware of the schedule and the opportunities to participate.
· January - March, 2018 -Requests for Proposal, selection of consultant and internal planning
· April 2018 - February 2019, public engagement...your chance to have input
· March 2019, draft plan presented to the Parks Commission
If you are not already a member of the Friends of the Lakewalk organization, we invite and encourage you to join. Adding your support will help strengthen our collective voice as we work with the city on this important planning process. During this master-planning period, we are offering reduced annual dues of $20 per family and $10 per individual. Join us and make your voice heard. Please send your contribution to:
Friends of the Lakewalk
P.O. Box 161492
Duluth, MN 55806
Stay tuned for details of the planning process as well as our organization's efforts to make Duluth's Lakewalk all it can be
The Friends of the Lakewalk received a $5,000 award
The Friends of the Lakewalk received a $5,000 grant from the City of Duluth Parks Department to complete information kiosks along the Lakewalk. These signs highlight important locations or events along the Lakewalk. The kiosks completed are:
The Fish Hatchery (located on the Lakewalk as it approaches the London Road Underpass)
Lester River/Lester Park (located on the Lakewalk on the west side of the Lester River Bridge)
The Village of Lakeside (located on the Lakewalk as it meets Superior Street near Marshall Hardware)
Tischer Creek: The Congdon Story (located on the Lakewalk on the east side of the bridge over Tischer Creek)
Lake Place (located near the sculpture garden at Lake Place
Mata’afa (near the shipping canal)
Mosaic Image Wall (2 kiosks detailing the design and construction of the wall)
CLEAN AND GREEN
Each year in the springtime, the City of Duluth sponsors a “Clean and Green” effort to clean up trails and parks and prepare the city for a summer of outdoor enjoyment. The Friends of the Lakewalk organizes clean-up events each spring and involves many volunteers from the organization and the community at large.
Bluestone Path at the Ledges
In 2009, the Friends of the Lakewalk organized a day-long event to create a bluestone path along the shoreline in front of The Ledges Townhomes development. This project fulfilled a commitment to provide access to the lakefront made during the transfer of tax-forfeited land to the City of Duluth. Over one hundred volunteers helped the Friends of the Lakewalk create the path. The City of Duluth provided logistical support. The Ledges donated the bluestone and also assisted.
Friends of the Lakewalk members provided financial support and volunteers when the Greater Downtown Council sponsored an annual Lakewalk Festival.
Visitor Count Survey
In 2013, several members of the Friends of the Lakewalk helped conduct the “Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Coalition Visitor Count Survey”. The survey was a pilot project to determine a new protocol for grant applications for Legacy Funds. Surveyors tallied the number of people entering the Lakewalk at each of 12 entry points on randomly selected dates throughout the summer. In addition, surveyors complete a “Site-intercept survey” for 2 or 3 entrants during each survey period. Because of concerns about the methodology, the results will not be made public. Nonetheless, we can estimate that 2 million visits are made annually to the Lakewalk.
MEET AND GREET
In the fall of 2014 and 2015, the Friends of the Lakewalk Board of Directors conducted a Lakewalk advocacy event along the Lakewalk. Distributing information brochures about the Friends of the Lakewalk, Board members spent two hours on the trail answering questions for trail users and promoting the programs of the organization. Comments and issues have been compiled into summaries. One action item resulting from input is the formulation of safety issues along the lakewalk. These concerns have been shared with the Parks Department and safety remains a top priority for action.