Irving Park Mini Master Plan
Project Type: Masterplanning, Park Design and Construction Documents
Client: City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Property Services
Located in West Duluth near the St. Louis River, the compact Irving neighborhood has always had a strong identity with persistent residents who fought to establish the beloved Irving Park in the 1930’s. Over its 80 year life, Irving Park has been a local hub of activity and recreation with outdoor fields, playground areas and walking trails, while remaining an important asset to the neighborhood.
In June of 2012, the City of Duluth experienced significant flood damage throughout the region, with the park receiving irreparable damage. The cherished Irving Community Center building was deemed unsalvageable and was torn down. The recreational fields and playground also suffered significant loss, ranging from a plugged drain tile system to silt and slime deposits covering hardscape elements.
In 2015, LHB worked with the community to develop a revitalization and mini master plan that addressed flood recovery and future park improvements. During the public planning process, it was evident that the community wanted to restore the park from flood damage while revitalizing the park to its former glory as a community focal point and encouraging healthy living for all ages.
With those goals in mind, LHB developed a master plan that was ADA accessible and included more open green space, a new event gathering space, football and soccer fields improvements, bathroom facilities as well as a new playground area, better walking loop/trail connections, site lighting, and signage upgrades. A phasing and implementation plan with associated opinions of costs was also created, which helped the City and community raise funds for future improvements.
Once construction funds were secured for priority areas, LHB completed the design and construction documents. The park is currently under construction.