Controversy in west Duluth over city's proposed Cross City Trail

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A club in west Duluth has rejected the Phase three trail design for the city's proposed Cross City Trail, which would run from Canal Park and end at the Munger trail near the Lake Superior Zoo.

Irving Community Club members say they're not against the creation of the trail itself, but rather where the city is trying to put the trail.

The proposed design would have the trail run through Bristol Street and Central Avenue, which club members say is one block away from one of the busiest freeway exits in Duluth creating a danger for pedestrians.

They say the trail would continue through 57th Avenue west, directly in front of many houses, giving them no privacy.

"This proposed trail is going to go right in front of my house. They're going to be within about 10 feet of the front door of two apartment buildings there. The people will be looking right inside their windows," said John Paquette, member of the Irving Trail Committee.

"I used to own a business here for almost 20 years, and I used to have to close my door because of the exhaust emissions from the cars, and now they want to put little kids in strollers at the same level as those exhaust pipes. It's ridiculous, you can't even get across with the exit and entrance to the freeway. It's dangerous," said Kathy Resberg, president of the Irving Community Club.

Club members will be at Monday's city council meeting to present their petition and voice their concerns... as well as alternative routes.

One would continue the path by the Irving playground down Central Avenue and connect to Waseca Street.

Elsa Robins