PPCC Social & Meeting on March 21, Tuesday 6:30pm

Next meeting March 21

The Executive Board meets at 6pm.

The Regular Meeting Social Hour starts at 6:30pm, followed by the 7pm meeting.

This month a representative from the DNR will speak on the effects of feeding wildlife on Park Point.

Andrew Slade, from the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation department will tell us about the Lafayette bathroom project and the upgrades scheduled at the Beach House.

Read the grant here.Lafayette Bathroom Grant 2017



Farewell Old Oatka Boathouse- Say goodbye on February 19

Hello Park Point Neighbors,

Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. will be the final goodbye to the Duluth Rowing Club “Old” Boathouse.

Two-thirds of the structure is already down, with the final front part to be professionally demolished early this next week.
Anyone, young or old, is welcome AND encouraged to tell stories or anecdotes of what the building and property meant to them, whether a rower or not.
The press will come down to do a feature on what the rowing community meant to the Park Point Community.
Have questions?
Thomas Rauschenfels

Duluth Rowing Club photo from D. Hoelscher

Oatka Boathouse 1942 by Mira Southworth

PPCC Meeting on Feb. 21 at Lafayette

Lafayette Community Edible Garden

Potluck Supper

Sunday, Feb 19, 5 pm

We’ll be talking about topics and presenters for discussion at upcoming potlucks, sustainability ideas for gardening, and plans for new garden beds. 
We need your ideas and feedback. We may also hear from a representative from Bagit Duluth who will give us a short overview of the effort to reduce plastic bags in Duluth. www.bagitduluth.org

PPCC Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30pm social, 7pm meeting at Lafayette
Presentation from Kim Hileman from Age Well
From our neighbors:

East End Walking Tour Presentation

Please join the Duluth Preservation Alliance for a presentation regarding the “Historic Duluth’s EastEnd Walking Tour” book. The program will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 East Fourth Street on Wednesday, February 22, at 7 pm. Dennis Lamkin will present.  Books of the tour will be available for purchase and then you may enjoy the actual walk in nicer weather.

The event is free, although donations are welcomed.

Family Fun Day 2017 at Lafayette

Feb. 12, 2017


Found: Black Cat on Park Point, Duluth MN, call 218-390-3152

February 7 6pm

Jackie at 4124 Minnesota Ave. has a longhaired black cat on her porch. Please call her asap 218-390-3152.

The cat runs off when she tries to approach but returns to stay warm near the door.

February Breeze


Skating at Lafayette on January 27,28,29

  • Friday 5-9pm
  •  Sat. and Sunday, 10am-9pm
Lower Lafayette open for warming up, ping pong and foosball during these times.

Thank you  to community volunteers who make Lafayette skating possible and to the City of Duluth for supporting recreational skating with rink flooding and facilities maintenance.

Family Fun Day coming soon to Lafayette, a blast from the past! Feb. 12

Family Fun Day was once a Park Point tradition! We are now bringing it back. Join us for skating, activities, food & hot cocoa! 

Looking for volunteers to help organize, bring snacks/treats, provide games/activities! 

Also, seeking donations of used/new skates for a Skate Closet community members & guests can access to enjoy skating at Lafayette for years to come!

If you’re interested in helping out contact Kyle (Elden) Heyesen via Facebook or at kyleleiayoga@gmail.com

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Spread the word & invite your friends ?❄️☃️⛸⛸

Several  items from our pizza party membership kick-off & short meeting on 1/17:
The executive board is hoping to increase our membership with the goal of 500 PPCC members. (If you are reading this, would you consider joining?) I will attach membership details, see below.
Wayne Heyesen volunteered to help with archive project. Other members have offered this help as well. We have a scanner and a computer.
Jake Kapsner suggested collecting skates for a “skate closet” at Lafayette, please bring donations of usable skates to the Family Fun Day or call for pick-up 525-1764.
DPD Officers Greenwalt and Jones checked in with us on concerns; call 911 if you see anything weird or see snowboarders launching off of the Lafayette railings
Pamela Page from Parks and Rec. was with us to check – in. We will be requesting window screens for upper Lafayette.
Contact the city to express your opinion on retaining Pontliana Woods as protected wetland on PP. Call Dave J. for with questions on this issue. Also watch for more info on the city’s plan for rain gardens and plantings at the end.
The Rowing Club will donate metal to the Lafayette Community Edible Garden for new beds. Call the Rowing Club or Tom Griggs if you would like an old shell or an old blade or to make a donation. Greg Peterson is the new president of the DRC.
DSSA will be looking into the 13th site for development due to restrictions near the boat launch, contact Mike Sawinski with questions.

Tree planting 2017- planning is underway.Dick G. is looking for trees. Stay tuned on dates and pick – up of trees later in the spring, which is weeks away :).

Thanks to Diane for the pizza party!
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Potluck, Membership Meeting on Tuesday and Skating!

Hi Neighbors,
  • Hoping to see you at our annual PPCC membership pizza party on Tuesday, 6:30pm at Lafayette, January 17th. Thank you to Diane Gould for facilitating the pizza with Green Mill.
  • The monthly garden potluck is tomorrow, Sunday at 5pm, details below, speaker on the history of Park Point
  • Skating hours for the three day weekend will be approx. 10 am – 9pm. Thanks to Dave Poulin & Coral McDonnell for helping with Lafayette care and opening and closing details. Thanks to the City for rink development and snow removal.
Lafayette Community Edible Monthly Potluck
Sunday, January 15, 5 p.m
Featured presenter this month will be our own Gary Glass, who will talk with us about Park Point history. Gary has lots of connections to Park Point through friends, environmental projects and growing up with parents who lived all 153 years their lives on the Point. He will talk about the origins of Minnesota Point and the changes we’ve seen over the last 70 years and what’s to come in the future.
Best wishes for a fun and memorable weekend!
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Dawn Buck
Park Point Community Club President
June 24 & 25 2017 Park Point Art Fair


“The purpose of the Club is to work for the betterment of the Community and the welfare of its residents.”

Skate at Lafayette January 7 & 8 2017

Lower Lafayette Warming Hours:

10am to 8pm or so, depending when volunteers can get over and put the place to bed.

Happy weekend!

new photo in banner rotation

The banner picture displayed is randomly selected from 26 different photos.  These photos are pre cropped and stamped with the PPCC logo.  Here is the latest addition from Dennis Hoelscher.

From Dennis:

It was taken 2016, Dec 19.
The name I attached to it is;

“It’s beginning to look like Christmas”