Locals and Businesses Mingle at Lincoln Park Mid-Summer Celebration

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 15, 2019 11:15 AM

The Meet on the Street for a Lincoln Park Mid-Summer Celebration hosted Sunday was focused on bringing the community together and exposing them to what the area offers through fun crafts and activities.


The event took place on the 1900 and 2000 blocks of West Superior Street. It was organized by Duluth Folk School, Ecolibrium3, and The Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.

The event merges the Solstice Party organized by the Duluth Folk School and Ecolibrium3 with the Meet on the Street event hosted by the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative. That’s why they decided to change the name of the event to the Meet on the Street for a Lincoln Park Mid-Summer Celebration.

"We have bounce houses and play areas, we have the children’s museum here, people are doing crafts, there’s food, there’s lots of community services,” Shannon Laing, the director of partnership development for Ecolibrium3, said.

The crafts district offered a space where people explored their creative side with art vendors, music, and lots of entertainment.

"Everything is happening out on the street, it’s all about neighbors coming together and mixing with businesses,nonprofits and the entire community,” Jodi Broadwell, the executive director of the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, said.

“There’s lots of fun and it’s good to see people get out and about,” Michael Hawkinson, an event attendee, said.

Dozens of local organizations and businesses showcased their work in a fun environment focused on getting to know one another.

“It puts people closer in touch with businesses they haven’t done business with before or been involved with before,” Laing said.

“It’s raising awareness about the businesses and the community coming together. Everybody is being able to enjoy what’s around here and how Lincoln Park is building up and new businesses coming in,” Jill Lepisto, an attendee, said.

Lepisto went to the event last year with her daughter, Kendall. Lepisto said they had a lot of fun and wanted to come back this year.

“We made some crafts with beads, we did the obstacle course a few times,” Lepisto said.

The event had the Duluth police and fire department involved as well. They were hard at work grilling hot dogs for everyone and also interacting with the community.

“It’s a wonderful community building activity. Getting to know your neighbors builds safety and security in your neighborhood,” Broadwell said.

"We enjoyed food, the people in the community, and meeting new kids," Lepisto said.

"I used to live in this area and I’m used to being around here and it’s fun to see everybody out here,” Kevin Humphrey, an attendee, said.

Humphrey was enjoying the many games and candy given out at the event with his family.

Organizers say events like this help in building stronger communities.

“Lincoln Park is a community that had its challenges over the past couple of decades. It feels wonderful to be part of a group working together to bring new revitalization and new life to a neighborhood that used to have it,” Bryan French, the director of the Duluth Folk School, said.


Alejandra Palacios

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