Hey, isn't that just east of Piedmont and below skyline? There are some remnants along the hiking trail over there
The "Forgotten Park" section of Central Park!
Well done, Mendoza. My neighbors say this was a flourishing little league field in the day, but since emergency vehicles can't access it - it was abandoned.
I'm hoping to host a baci ball tournament out here later this summer.
I've never heard it referred to as "Forgotten Park," but I like it. There's an asphalt basketball court that has been overrun with trees here also.
Tom, are you going to have a Baci ball tournament or a bocce ball tournament? I like Baci, but I don't want to mess with his balls.
We'll see if he shows up, I guess.
I prefer the Caber Toss myself. Heaving a huge pole in the air is the companion sport to baci balls. But if Tom throws a Baci Ball party, I'll be there. I'll be the only one to show up with the right equipment. You'll all have to go to Play-it-Again Sports, and they're fresh out of my balls.
I remember walking along the Superior Hiking Trail when I lived near here. I always had wondered why it was abandoned and such. Seemed like an amazing field. Is it owned by the city? Anyone have more history on it?
Where is it again?
Take the Superior Hiking Trail west of Enger Park and east of Miller Creek and you'll walk right past it.
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I always thought it would be a great kickball field. If you build it they will come, perhaps even the homegrown kickball game?
I can tell you from experience that Kick Ball and Baci Ball DO NOT MIX.
It's usually covered in 4' of grass - but someone mowed it this year...I'll have to ask around.
I can attest, it is a great hike from Skyline & 24th Ave. W. (top of Lincoln Park) to Enger Tower. There is even a little parking lot on that corner. Just walk on the right of Skyline and you will see the trail. The park isn't that far from there, but in between you will have gorgeous views and will cross a few creeks.
Those trails and the ones west from there were bolstered by great work from Superior Hiking Trail workers. Such great bridges, decks, wooden steps and trail clearing. Thanks to those that help the SHT!
It's city owned and currently leased to Community Action Duluth's urban farming program Seeds of Success. Tom, when were you planning on having your bocce ball tournament?
That's were I walk my dog every day. That whole area is an unofficial dog park. It would actually be a good place for a real dog park if parking and a fence could be built.
The grass gets mowed about 2-4 times a year. It been mowed twice this year. It also has a large batch of an invasive species plant known as Chinese Bamboo (it sorta looks like bamboo.) It's one of my favorite places in Duluth since that field has a great view at night. I would have loved to have done little league there. I have also wanted to do a softball game.
Well, Emily, the point of the tournament was to get people there and find a cool use for the field. It would seem Community Action Duluth has beaten me/us to it.
Urban farming will be a terrific use of this space.
Baci, your balls are again safe.
Whew .. thanks ... thats a relief, now they're just Schweddy.
It might be leased but last I checked nothing has been done with the space so a bocce ball game or a kickball game would be great idea in the interim.
Farming there would be a good idea.
Thats funny. You can tell how old that picture is by the houses that were for sale back then. I would say it's about 3 years and 2 months old.
What a great shot. Thanks.
What's even cooler is that this image doesn't have the "Honking House" on that beautiful skyline turn. Ahhh. I remember the days.
On my regular running loop (over the old quarry off SHT at 14th Ave E, down to Piedmont, over 5th St. to Lincoln Park, up Lincoln Park trail, over SHT, past Enger Tower and back down - a fabulous run).
I'm pretty sure the invasive plant to which conrad refers is not Chinese Bamboo but rather Japanese Knotwood.
A little further east of there is an interesting meadow area on the trail where it appears someone did a controlled burn this spring. Anyone know anything about who or why?
I'll start calling it Japanese Knotwood. Its cool stuff when it dries out
The controlled burn used to be a tansy field. But, they're coming right back. Not sure who did this, but it was a good try.
Saw someone tilling up the old ballfield on Saturday. Go community gardens!
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