Canal Park 2.0

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 Canal Park 2.0.  As a local, statewide, and regional destination, Canal Park has grown and changed over the past 30 years. The hope for Canal Park 2.0 is to create a plan to build upon this great success, preserving what’s worked well, enhancing areas where we see low-hanging fruit, and addressing issues where we can do better.


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 “Making Canal Park Pop!” You can learn more about the project in the press release; we’ve also included the map that was submitted to the Knight Cities review panel, which depicts a few elements that could be changed in Canal Park as part of the project. The intent: to increase vibrancy in Canal Park through creation of pop-up installations that will attract and connect diverse residents from different backgrounds.

The Canal Park 2.0 process will ultimately be incorporated in the Imagine Duluth 2035 planning document. The work as part of that process continues. Please check back regularly for updates, which will be posted here and through the Imagine Duluth Facebook page.

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