Chambers Grove Park
Project Type: Park Design
Client: City of Duluth, Parks and Recreation
Chambers Grove Park, a 16 acre community park situated along the St. Louis River in the western Fond du Lac neighborhood, was significantly damaged during the June 2012 Duluth flood. The majority of the park is within the River’s floodplain, so the City of Duluth received $1 million through a Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails Legacy Grant for flood recovery and park improvements of which LHB was hired for the restoration and re-design efforts.
Construction was completed in the fall of 2016. The enhanced park consists of a new ADA compliant restroom facility, increased parking areas and improved roadway access, implementation of two trailheads with signage, a nature-themed ADA compliant playground, an event arbor and drumming circle patio, an accessible route to the existing picnic pavilion, relocation of a WWII Veteran’s Memorial, a Riverwalk with site lighting, ADA accessible fishing piers, canoe/kayak public water access, hillside embankment and shoreline stabilization, improved stormwater management and associated landscaping.
Throughout the design process, LHB worked with community members, stakeholders, and the indigenous people’s committee to ensure that the appropriate history and story be told about the significance of the area, and flood resiliency through design elements. Our team also worked to make certain that the City’s larger economic and development goals were considered which included increasing outdoor recreational park use, enhancing neighborhood quality of life, and engaging tourism by elevating Chambers Grove into a park of regional status.
The park was re-opened to the public in the summer of 2017 and has been well received.