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Riverside Neighborhood Celebrates Unveiling of Upgraded Park

Taylor Holt
Updated: June 25, 2019 10:36 PM

Revitalizing the St. Louis River Corridor has been an ongoing effort between the City of Duluth and numerous other local environmental organizations. Tuesday, a new effort to continue that was celebrated in the Riverside neighborhood. 

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Riverside Park is one of 13 along the Corridor that was identified as part of the larger St. Louis River Corridor initiative, aimed at investing in public park and trail improvements from Lincoln Park to the Fond du Lac neighborhood

City and park officials as well as community members held a ribbon cutting for the upgraded park Tuesday evening. Improvements include replacing the existing playground with a new one, a new basketball court, tree planting, new grills, picnic tables and benches. Planning started in 2015 to identify the community's wants and needs.

Lisa Luokkala, the Assistant Manager of the City's Parks and Recreation Department says this is an important milestone for their larger effort to improve the corridor through a slate of 26 projects with an overall investment of over $18 million.

"Everyone needs a place to rest and relax and hang out with kids and connect with family," said Luokkala. "Neighborhood parks are really important for those quick getaways, where you might not be able to take a trip up the Shore or make a big event to go to Jay Cooke. This is a place where people can get in touch with nature."

Luokkala says they are also looking at opportunities to start programming their parks in more ways, as part of a larger initiative to get people connected. Funding from the City this past year has been dedicated to that.

As for the park. the City contributed through tourism tax funds dedicated to St. Louis River Corridor neighborhoods, and a $10,000 neighborhood match was met through cash donations, materials and in-kind volunteer labor. 

More upgrades to this park specifically will begin once funding is secured. Right now, there is no exact date for that.

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