Imagine Canal Park

 

As part of the Imagine Duluth 2035 process, the City has been collaborating with interested
residents, the Canal Park Business Association, as well as many others, to consider the
future of Canal Park – what we’re calling Imagine Canal Park. 

 

Make Canal Park Pop!

September 2018 - Take Our Survey Here!

Canal Park will once again host uniquely crafted community-oriented spaces in September.

  • The Lighthouse Lot at 504 Canal Park Drive will be active from September 4-17 and will include games, inviting seating, a sports area, sand box, wayfinding, and other activities.
  • Buchanan Street, in front of the DeWitt Seitz Building, will host a temporary pedestrian plaza for the month of September, with additional seating options, weekly farmer’s market vendors, and other events.
  • Traffic on Lake Avenue South headed towards the Aerial Lift Bridge will be able to turn left at Morse Street and reconnect to Canal Park Drive for access to hotels, retail, the Lakewalk, and additional parking.
  • The Maritime Visitor Center will run history walking tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm. 
  • The DTA Trolley will provide FREE service through Canal Park, the DECC, and downtown.

A press release for this event is available. Stay tuned for even more fun pop up announcements!

 


Buchanan Street Plaza

Lighthouse Lot

 

Cold Front

February 2018

Duluth hosted a month-long celebration of all things winter, with a sledding hill, curling, ice track, fire pits, music, vendors and food!
This free, all-ages pop-up event animated a parking lot in Canal Park.

 

 

Background 

In June 2017, it was announced that Duluth had been selected as a 2017 Knight Cities Challenge winner. The focus of this grant opportunity is on Canal Park – with a project known as “Imagine Canal Park."  The intent: to increase Duluth's vibrancy by re-purposing space in Canal Park with mega pop-up installations that attract and connect diverse residents from different backgrounds.

We have been:

  • Hosting extensive community engagement processes that canvas residents and neighbors about how they get to Canal Park and what they want to see/do in Canal Park.
  • Launching a series of pop-up installments in Canal Park. Different programming will be tested in different seasons. Results and data will be gathered.
  • Collecting quantitative measures and qualitative feedback to inform Imagine Duluth’s comprehensive plan update.

We want to:

  • Increase use of Canal Park year-round.
  • Determine the best activities and programming that help to connect citizens of different backgrounds.
  • Create common pedestrian oriented gathering spaces that build social capital and connections between people.

The interim report and the executive summary version of the report are now available. These documents contain an analysis of the data collected during the launch engagement events in September 2017, as well as suggestions for pilot projects. Click here for the interim report or click here for the executive summary

If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact the City at compplan@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5580.