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Zenith City on Tap: Duluth’s Park System, 1889–2019
Every Wednesday in February, Glensheen presents Zenith City on Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. This edition is titled “For the People, By the People: Duluth’s Park System, 1889–2019.”
Pioneers of the Zenith City first began platting small parks — or “public squares” — as early as 1856, but it wasn’t until the city’s first Board of Park Commissioners formed in 1889 that Duluth laid out a plan to develop the remarkable parks system it enjoys today. This presentation explores how the development of Duluth’s unparalleled park system — including over 170 park properties and roadways encompassing approximately 12,000 acres or 25 percent of the city — was driven by the combined efforts of pioneers, politicians and a generous and energetic public.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. Local beer and wine will be available for purchase.