The nine-page Lower Spirit Mountain Riverfront Park Site Plan was presented to the Duluth Parks Commission on Jan. 10 and the city’s Parks and Recreation Division is seeking public comment on it until Jan. 31. A final draft of the plan will be presented and voted on at the Feb. 14 Parks Commission meeting.
The site sits below the BNSF Railroad, opposite Tallus Island in Duluth’s Riverside neighborhood, and has approximately 1,500 ft. of shoreline to the St. Louis River.
The Western Waterfront Park & Trail Mini Master Plan includes recommendations for five public water access points along the St. Louis River Estuary, one of which is the new Lower Spirit Mountian Riverfront Park. The multiple delays in the planning process over the past year have imposed challenges for other city departments that have been awaiting the passage of the mini-master plan in preparation for determining the terminus of the new public road construction of Kayak Bay Drive. The city, state, county and private partners need to know where the road should terminate. The project is now fully funded and must move into design stages to be ready to bid by spring 2018. In order to proceed, the city needs the assent of the parks commission or city council on the site plan separate from the larger Western Waterfront Park & Trail Mini Master Plan.
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