City assesses access to waterfront on Park Point

By KBJR News 1

City assesses access to waterfront on Park Point

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Some Park Point residents in Duluth are hoping the city will keep access to Lake Superior and the Bayside open to the public as a city plan to limit that access is under discussion.

City officials say they have received numerous complaints from Park Point residents of people cutting through private property to access the waterfront at dead ended streets.

Officials have identified 17 street ends that could be vacate-able.

"The city sees no reason to keep those properties as retained easements and we won't be improving them, which allows the adjacent property owners to go through the vacation process if they want to," said John Judd, Senor Planner in the planning division.

That means people who live on those dead ends would have the option to apply for a vacation, cutting off public access to the waterfront on the lake side and bay side.

"Part of the easement basically goes to that property owner, becomes part of their property on the record. So then they own that part of the property and it goes on their tax roles," said Judd.

However, the Park Point Community Club unanimously voted to reject the city's proposed plan to privatize those street ends.

Club President, Dawn Buck, conducted a survey asking residents how they felt about the city's small area plan.

"239 people have taken the survey. 85% of the people who took the survey do not support the vacation of street ends. About 90% do not support giving up the public dock-age that exists on the bay side at every entry point to the bay," said Buck.

"It's very nice to have this accessibility to both sides, and I would encourage if we had some walk way so people could enjoy the lake and bay," said

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Lafayette Community Center from 4pm to 6pm to discuss further the Park Point Small Area Plan.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.