Duluth Unveils 3 Plans For Sports Corridor

Looking to Turn West Duluth Facilities Into Mega Sports Hub

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The city of Duluth is taking the sports corridor concept to the next level in unveiling three possible plans for the West Duluth properties.

They are calling it their “mini–master plan,” and the goal is to really make the area, which includes The Wheeler Athletic Complex, Wade Stadium, and The Heritage Center, the heart and soul of sports recreation like Duluth has never seen before.

Tuesday, three options were proposed to the public for them to look at and provide feedback on.

The options include ideas like improving paths and trails, expanding the playgrounds, and adding parking availability.

All three options emphasize the importance of connectivity, and making the separate facilities feel like one massive complex.

“This is our major softball/baseball facility,” said Kathy Bergen, Manager of the Parks and Recreation Division. “It is where tournaments are held and people from out of town travel, so we want to make it as user–friendly as possible.”

As for what’s next, the city will take the ideas generated Tuesday night and come up with a final plan by August.

Then the fundraising process begins, and we’re looking at next spring, most likely, for construction to begin.

One other option that is being thrown around is the possibility of building an indoor multi–sport complex.

That would require additional fundraising, but it would make this sports corridor a four–season facility.


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