Park Point Community Club Meeting: November 21, 2017, Lafayette

Park Point Community Club Meeting 11/21/2017

  • 6:30pm Social & Check-in with neighbors
  • Call to Order, 7pm
  • Presentation and action on the minutes of the October 17th meeting printed in the Breeze November 2017
    • Motion to suspend rules for City of Duluth Planning Presentation on Canal Park Study: Kate Van Daele and Keith Hamre
    • Update on Sky Harbor Runway Re-alignment by SEH Engineering
  • Presentation and action on the treasurer’s report
  • Reading of all communications received
  • Report of the Committees
  •   Discussion and action on unfinished business
  • Discussion and action on new business
    • Report from neighbor Lynn Bentfield on Park Point data- How many residents, homes on Park Point?
  •   Adjournment

Duluth hires new director of Parks;  Welcome Mr. William Roche!

New Parks Manager 2017

Sky Harbor Newsletter for November 

St. Louis River Photo Contest

Dear Park Point Neighbor
There is still time for you to participate!
The 2017 Seasons of the St. Louis Photo Contest is almost over! We can’t believe the summer has come and gone so quickly and we’re closing in on the contest we started back in June! Incredible!  We have had amazing submissions from so many talented photographers. This email is a reminder to not let time get away from you and to share your photos of the river, or share this email with the brilliant artists in your life.
There is no time to waste! The photo contest ends Friday, December 1 @ Midnight. Your participation could award you:
  • $150.00 cash prize
  • Recognition in Wisconsin’s Great Waters 2018/2019 Calendar
  • Submission to the 2018/2019 WI Great Waters Calendar
  • Exposure on the front page of the St. Louis River Alliance website and Facebook page, as well as the WDNR’s Great Lakes website
  • Exposure at an art exhibition at a local Superior Gallery
  • Recognition in WI’s Lakesider Spring 2018 AOC newsletter.
And more!
Join the St. Louis River Alliance in celebrating the beauty of the largest U.S. tributary of the Lake Superior!
Find out more at:
Submit striking digital images that highlight the diverse flora, wildlife, and recreational activities that connect people to their natural habitat. SLRA will feature many of the photographs in our efforts to help protect the river’s amazing diversity of wildlife, people, plants and habitats.
Join us in the final month of the 2017 Seasons of the 
St. Louis River Photo Contest!
If you have any questions about this or if there’s anything we can do to assist you in participation in any way, please let us know.
Warmest regards,
Kris Eilers
P.S. Be sure to share the contest with family, friends, co-workers, and gifted photographers in your life!
Diverse Flora
Harbor Activities

Erosion in the Pine Forest, November 2017

Photos by Marie Strum of the Detroit District, USACE. Efforts will be made over the next months to secure state approval to place dredged sand from within the harbor on the beach as beach nourishment.


November Breeze

Breeze November 2017

Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Breeze of Park P0int!

PPCC Meeting on 10/17, 7pm; Social starts at 6:30pm

 Presentation at the next  PPCC Meeting on 10/17, 7pm

Lift Bridge decking project in January 2018 

  • Duncan Schwensohn, the project engineer, will be attending the PPCC meeting Tuesday night.  His email is: if you can’t make the meeting and have questions

See note below about single lane on 10/17 (use the tunnel) Call Al Robins for your pass~720-6518

Also on the agenda:
  • Club annual dues increase proposal , from five dollars per person to ten dollars per person- Membership details from the Club’s bylaws are below, scroll down.
  • Art Fair 2018 Budget Approval
  •  Update on drowning prevention information gathering- Gary Glass-Points on drowning
  • Post meeting Presentation on the History of Park Point by Wendy Grethren, questions ? Call Dave Poulin, program committee chairperson, 722-1511
II. The area served by the Club and hereinafter referred to as the Community Is all that land in the City of Duluth lying south of the Aerial Lift Bridge and known as Park Point.
 III. The purpose of the Club is to work for the betterment of the Community and the welfare of its residents.
 IV. Full membership of the Club is available to all residents of the community, eighteen years and older. They shall become full, voting members of the Club 24 hours after payment of the annual membership dues as determined by the Club.
 V. Full membership shall cover the Club’s fiscal year of 1 January to 31 December.
 A.​The membership fee may be paid at any scheduled meeting or at a Dues Collection Event sponsored by the Vice President or the Treasurer.
B.​During December and January, the fee shall be formally solicited from all residents of the community by representatives of the Club, under the direction of the Vice President of the Club, who is Chairperson of the annual membership drive.


Also Notice on Bridge Assessment on Oct. 17

The City of Duluth is informing the public about some site assessment work that will take place on the Aerial Lift Bridge on October 17, 2017. This work is necessary to prepare for the anticipated deck replacement project that will start in January 2018. The Lift Bridge will be reduced to single lane two-way traffic from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on October 17

Motorists should be mindful of the traffic signal, drive slowly and watch for the possible presence of flaggers. 

Motorists should also plan additional travel time as there will be delays. The Aerial Lift Bridge may also lift for marine traffic, if requested. 

 See you on Tuesday 10/17, Lafayette, social at 6:30pm, meeting at 7pm
October 2017 Breeze for download
September Breeze for download

Sewer Problems ? Have questions?

High Water Causes Headaches in the DNT

Eric Shaffer is willing to answer your questions
Eric Shaffer, P.E.
Chief Engineer of Utilities for the City of Duluth

MPPS Dune Erosion Project~ October 2017


Sky Harbor Update October 2017~ Newsletter

August Breeze

July Breeze


PPCC June 20 Meeting Notes & Announcements

Updates on Park Point Summer Youth Program See the calendar here.

History of Duluth’s Parks on Thursday, June 22 at 7pm at Lafayette, upper level, open to the public

Art Fair this weekend! June 24 and 25

The 47th Park Point Art Fair happens this weekend!
Would you be willing to volunteer at the fair on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?
Please contact: Diane Gould, volunteer coordinator 727-4067

FRIDAY: June 23rd Late morning set-up for the big days; afternoon positions available for greeting artists, assisting them in locating their booths, offering exit information and answering questions, etc.

 SATURDAY, June 24th and SUNDAY the 25th Tasks: Greet the artists and hand out maps Booth-sit for artists who may need a break; no money transactions involved Children’s Make-and-take area Grounds clean up (trash can duty)
 SUNDAY 5:00pm into early evening: Break down and return items to Lafayette; grounds clean up Please consider volunteering for at least a 2-hour period of time.
All volunteers are invited to attend the Artist Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday evening! 
Remember: This is the largest fundraiser for the Park Point Community Club, which supports such things as the Breeze, the Lafayette Summer Youth Program and miscellaneous environmental and community sponsored projects.
Thank you for considering and hope to see you this weekend!
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Kevin Chederquist, Director of the Summer Youth Program, Day One with the campers

Upcoming Events to Note:

Park Point 5-Miler

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Road closure:

From approximately 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Minnesota Avenue will be closed temporarily from 2328 Minnesota Avenue to the south side of the ball fields. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation and support for this event.

August 1, Neighborhood Night Out at St. Andrews Church

2802 Minnesota Ave. Hope to see you there!

June Breeze


Youth Program Has Launched ! Several Slots Available, Details Here

Update from Sally Buck of the Youth Committee

Hello participants in the Park Point Summer Youth Program,

The program has started for 2018! Kevin Chederquist is the Director and Karen Boynton is the assistant. This week on Wednesday, the kids will do a beach sweep to pick up garbage, driftwood for a project and take pictures. If you have a kid-friendly camera, please send with your child or grandchild. On Thursday, June 15, the program will be taking the bus to the Rowing Club and the Park Point airport for a tour as well as visiting the beach house for a naturalist program.
Just a few reminders:
  • Hours:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm MondayThursday
  • Field trips: Tuesday = Library; Thursday = other events announce weekly; bus pick up at 9:30 am and drop off by 3:30 pm
  • If you need to reach Kevin to notify him of different pick-up or drop off arrangements, his number is 218-940-1464
  • Please send a morning snack if your kids are coming all morning such as yogurt, granola bar or fruit. There is a toaster and fridge if you’d like to send a loaf of bread and peanut butter or milk and cereal for the week.
  • Snack donations are always welcome!
  • Those attending weekly or daily, need to pay on the day of attendance. Checks are fine, payable to PPCC.
  • Daily please bring a lunch, water bottle, snack, jacket, bathing suit and towel.
We still have space available, especially in late July and August if you know of other families looking for an active, outdoor based summer program.
Please let me know of any questions,
Thank you,
Sally Buck, Park Point Youth Committee


If you would like to join the fun, contact Sally Buck,

You may register on site at Lafayette after checking in with Sally of the Park Point Community Club Youth Committee.

The Summer Youth program is for ages 5 years old (completed Kindergarten) thru 12 years old and kids who want to have an especially amazing action packed super summer from June 12th thru August 10th, (CLOSED July 4th).

The fun will begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday at the Lafayette Club House at 3026 Minnesota Ave. Plan to spend the entire summer or just a few weeks or days, the choice is yours. The Program includes gardening at the PP Edible Garden, going to the Beach, field trips, educational sessions, crafts and activities at Lafayette Community Center.

The cost for the nine week program is $450.00 for the first child per family, $350.00 for any child thereafter, same family or $60 per week and $20 per day. Field trip costs are additional and the responsibility of the child’s family.

Registration forms are posted on the PPCC website. Please remember space is limited, giving first priority to Park Point Residents, relatives of Park Pointers. Questions, please contact Sally Buck at or

Park Point Community Club
P.O. Box 16326
Duluth, MN 55816-0326

Registration Form for Summer Program 2017  pdf version

Park Point Community Club Summer Youth Program Registration 2017  Word version

Park Point Community Club meeting on Tuesday, May 16 6:30pm social & 7pm meeting

On the agenda:

A short presentation on the Sky Harbor Airport Runway Re-alignment

from the project engineer, Benita L. Crow, PE  and colleagues.

“We’ll put together a short presentation and provide an update on what we’ve completed, together with the next steps.”

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


Art Fair – Progress report and opportunities to volunteer

Minnesota Point Preservation Society Update from April meeting

Minnesota Point Preservation Society is working on nominating the shoreline of Minnesota Point become a designated recreational trail by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC). The application for this project will require a collaboration with the City of Duluth who previously applied for funding through this program.

We believe the entirety of the Lake Superior shoreline of Minnesota Point, along with the shoreline of Superior Bay from 40th St to the Superior Entry (10 miles total) would offer the best chance of obtaining the recognition and funding for such a regional and state treasure for creating outdoor recreational opportunities.
Besides the obvious water/beach opportunities, we would plan to include cultural components such as historical site recognition for early explorers, Native American burials, first Coast Guard survey points (restoration of the Old Light House, and adjoining facilities), Aerial Bridge, canals, breakwaters, and WPA projects from the 1930s conducted along Minnesota Point.
Strategic Plan &  Background informtion, click here:
MPPS Draft Proposal for feedback; contact Gary at with questions

Hoping to see you tonight at the meeting!


May Breeze