Bridge Lifts for Tall Ship Festival

Aerial Lift Bridge and Minnesota Slip Bridge To Run Amended Schedules for Tall Ships Festival this Week

[Duluth, MN] – The Minnesota Slip Bridge (or the Blue Bridge in Canal Park) and the Aerial Lift Bridge will be implementing a modified lift schedule during the Tall Ships Festival. These hours will be in effect from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Thursday Aug 18th through Sunday Aug 21st. The Slip Bridge will be opening twice an hour; at 15 minutes after the hour and again at the 45 minute mark (example, 10:15 and 10:45). The only exception will be made for commercial charter fishing vessels returning from chartered fishing trips. The normal Bridge lifting schedule will resume on Monday Aug 22nd.

On Thursday, August 18, the Parade of Sail will travel under the Aerial Lift Bridge for the Tall Ships Festival. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm and last approximately 1.5 hours. During the Parade of Sail the public should expect longer than normal lift times. Three separate groups of Tall Ships are expected to sail under the Bridge. The plan is to have the Bridge raise and allow three Tall Ships to enter the harbor for each interval, and then the Bridge will lower and allow traffic to cross.

The Lift Bridge will return to the normal summer lifting schedule (on the hour and half hour mark) following the Parade of Sail. There will be extra Bridge personnel working during the Tall Ships Festival to help safely move vehicles and pedestrians across the Bridge due to the expected high volume of traffic and visitors around the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The City’s priority is to manage and ensure safe transit for everyone to enjoy the festival. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Aerial Lift Bridge Supervisor Dave Campbell (218) 723-3387.

Tall Ship Info Here

Tall Ship Entering Duluth Harbor

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August 16th meeting is at Sky Harbor Airport

6:30pm social, 7:00pm meeting, hope to see you there

Thank you to Brian Madsen, airport manager & Dave Poulin, PPCC Program chair for collaborating to have this meeting at the airport.

Ms. Benita Crow from SEH will be presenting information on the upcoming airport project. Details below:

SEH, together with the Duluth Airport Authority, would like to give a presentation at your August PPCC Meeting to provide an update on Sky Harbor’s runway realignment project.

 The presentation would provide an overview of the project, upcoming schedule, and an update on the permitting we’re currently working on with the agencies regarding the mitigation package.


Benita L. Crow, PE  |  Principal
SEH  |  3535 Vadnais Center Drive  |  St. Paul, MN 55110-5196
651.765.2920 direct  |  612.919.6677 cell  |  651.490.2150 fax
SEH—Building a Better World for All of Us™

NNO Potluck Dinner, Beach House, August 2, 6-8pm or longer :)

See you there!

See you there!












Hello Neighbors,

All Park Pointers are invited to a Community Potluck Dinner at the Beach House on Tuesday, August 2, from 6-8pm or later! If you are new to our island, the Beach House is at 5000 Minnesota Ave.
Several community volunteers have planned this gathering and the Community Club is supporting the event with beverages, plates/cups/utensils, music and the all weather, larger venue of the wonderful beach house.

Live music is back by popular demand and will feature Jamie Ness of The Boomchucks along with a couple of Jamie’s friends.

Our City partners who help us keep our island beautiful and safe are invited: Mayor Larson, Councillor Em Westerlund, our Community Police (their canine and equestrian partners) and Park Rangers and Police Chief Mike Tusken too.

If you are involved in your own “bloc event”, try to join us later if possible. Please invite your neighbors who may not be on this email list to the Beach House Potluck. If you have a new neighbor, consider passing along an invitation.

The YMCA who has managed the Beach House and life guards for the past few years have been working with us to plan this event for us to meet some new neighbors and get to know each other better.

People with mobility issues can be driven right up to the ramp of the Beach House by going through one of the gates.

As you may have read in the July Breeze, next Tuesday, August 2, is National Night Out, or officially called Night to Unite in Minnesota, or just called Neighbors Nite Out here on Park Point. It was started 33 years ago to promote neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.

See you on Tuesday at the Beach House!
(Many,many thanks to Joanne, Sheryl, Charlene, Don and Judy for saying yes to planning an event for the PP community at large.



June & July Breezes



Storm damage recoveries- check here for lost items on Park Point

Thank you to community members for keeping an eye out for lost items due to last week’s storm.

John’s long spoon oar was recovered by Heather at North Shore SUP

Dave’s chimney top was recovered by a neighbor.

Found dock sections, off of Southworth Marsh by Mary Gaidis 8/1/2016, 722-8798 with questions. One section has cleats on it. Here are photos:

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Still seeking:

Please look for a missing a dock section.  It is 10 feet long, by 18 inches wide.  It is  2 X 4  frame with 1- 1/8 inch bull nose decking.  Most likely it’s floating in the Bay.  People can contact me at my phone number  218.727.3441

Found, please contact if you own this ramp:

Approx. 29th and MN Ave.

Approx. 29th and MN Ave.





City’s Comprehensive Plan Survey Here- Presentation in September

Our new neighbor, Kate Van Daele, is working in city planning and is seeking feedback for the comprehensive planning process. Would you take a few minutes and complete this survey? Kate will give a short presentation at September’s meeting at Lafayette.

For the Comprehensive Plan, we are engaging with over 100 groups and community clubs in Duluth. In addition we are committed to getting 3,000 surveys from Duluthians on how we can plan for our next 20 years. The survey link can be emailed by copying this link

Kate Van Daele,Community Planning Division, 411 West First Street, Room 208

Duluth, MN 55802



PPCC Meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm social, 7pm meeting

Agenda items:

Tentative short presentation by members of the Girl Scouts who have been cleaning up the beach

What happening on Park Point? A lot!

July 14 Park Point Five-Miler

The 5-mile race begins at 6:30 p.m. and runners will travel around the Park Point ball fields down Minnesota Avenue to approximately 23rd Avenue where they will turn around and run to the finish line near the beach house. We want to inform residents that beginning at 6:15 p.m. on July 14, Minnesota Avenue will be temporarily closed from 2328 Minnesota Avenue to the south side of the ball fields. It will reopen at approximately 7:45 p.m. Also, traffic will increase on Minnesota Avenue between 3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. (prior to the race) and after 7:15 p.m. as race participants depart the Point. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the cooperation and support of all the Park Point residents.

The 58th Duluth International Regatta
Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Donate to the new rowing center. Duluth Rowing Club Donation Form

You are invited to participate in the 58th Duluth International Regatta on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Duluth, Minnesota, sponsored by the Duluth Rowing Club.

The Duluth International Regatta is an USRowing certified and classic rowing event with 29, 2000-meter events for both men and women. The racing events are available in the Junior, Open and Master’s categories. Each race will be run as a 7 lane time trial with the fastest time determining the winner. Because of the time saved by not running heats, we have a full complement of races available. An awards ceremony and banquet will be held at the regatta site follow the racing. The regatta will be run with USRowing referees officiating, up-to-date timing, starting platforms, entry and departing docks, concessions including rowing gear and clothing.

As in year’s past, camping will be available at designated areas on the DRC property. If you have any questions, visit our website at or for registration information call Dave Kask at (218) 724-2775. We hope you will join us on the water this summer for great racing at the headwaters of Lake Superior. Are you ready?

Click the following links for information: Duluth Intl. Entry Form | Duluth Intl. Info Packet

Keep up with our new boathouse updates here

Find Regatta info here

Meeting next Tuesday, 6/21 at the Rowing Club

Hi Neighbors,

The Rowing Club has invited us down to check out their progress and hear of future plans.

6pm chat with Rowers, 7pm PPCC Meeting at the Rowing Club, 3911 Minnesota Ave.

Lafayette bike station concrete is poured, here is a photo of the prototype.

Lafayette Bike Station example








Summer Youth Program 2016 – Sign up today!

Park Point Summer Youth Program 2016 at Lafayette Square Park

Despite rainy weather, kids are having a good time!

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Registration Forms:

Park Point Summer Youth Program Registration 2016

Click here for form. Mail in asap.

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers at the Park Point Community Club for crafting this new program for summer of 2016. Welcome to our new program director, Ms. Chloe Dryke and assistant Ms. Abi Holak.

Dates and Hours:

June 13-August 11; closed on Monday, July 4

Monday through Thursday, 8am-4pm

For ages:

For kids who are  kindergarten graduates through age 12; first priority for program sign-up will be given to Park Point residents and their family members.


  • $450 for first child ($50 rebate per family if parent signs up to volunteer one day), 9 weeks
  • $350 for each additional child per family, 9 weeks
  • $60 per week per child (4 day week)
  • $20 daily fee per child


Bus fare for field trips is included in the fee; however additional costs for field trips are the family’s responsibility.

For planning purposes please mail completed form and payment asap to:

[Checks made out to PPCC or Park Point Community Club]

Park Point Community Club

Attn. Summer Youth Program

PO Box 16326

Duluth, MN 55816-0326

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email.

Signing up on the first day of the program is also possible if slots remain, please email to check,

  • Monday, June 13, 8am at Lafayette is the first day of the program

The PP Summer Youth Program PEACE IN THE PARKS COMMITMENT CONTRACT will be reviewed and signed on the first day of the program.  This is a required contract for participants and parents.

Questions? Email Dawn Buck at



When: Thursday, June 16, 2016, from noon – 1 PM

What: Educator and local filmmaker Wendy Grethen will discuss Early Days of Minnesota Point”. Discover the history of this area and the people who settled there. Find out how it has changed over the years. According to Wendy, Minnesota Point was also considered “a hot spot for activities” as far back as the late 1800s. Learn more about one of Duluth’s most treasured landmarks that attracts both residents and tourists.


Where: The event will be held in the Underground on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), at 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota.


There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch.  Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations). Admittance to this event is free to the public.  ARCO coffee is provided.



For more information contact:

Julie Bolos



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