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Park Board Master Plan Harbor Park Local Info

The Master Plan:

The 2009 Rec Park Master Plan was designed to be a living document for guidance, planning and development of the Recreation Area. Goals and Policies of the Master Plan provide a framework for policy level decision making, and the visionary, aerial site map of the parkland depicts broad concepts for land use.

Click the following links to view a copy of the Master Plan / Goals and Policies / FAQs.

As we progress with building out projects identified in the 2009 Master Plan, we have tasted success with the creation of the Community Connection in the northeast corner of the park. This all-access entrance/exit to the park meets our Master Plan driven objectives of improving pedestrian access, enhancing community engagement and providing storm water management at an attractive, functional pocket park. With these same objectives in mind, we are now planning improvements for another high priority piece of the park’s infrastructure – public water access in the southwest corner of the harbor.

Public water access to Lake Superior has long been a tradition in the Grand Marais harbor and the DNR has been the major partner for providing this access. Currently, we offer 3 public water access ramps within the harbor basin. We learned a lot about public water access in the Master Plan process and after sharing our plans with the DNR in 2009,and the idea of improving the existing access in our park began to mature. In 2011, an offer from the DNR to rebuild the public access facilities at this site was reviewed and accepted by the Park Board and City Council. Survey and preliminary design work began,and a Cooperative Partnership Agreement between the City and the DNR was signed in 2012 - officially launching further study into the Parkside Public Access project. (Click here to view the working concept plan of the project.) We continue to refine the plans and with any luck, could begin construction when funds are appropriated by the DNR.

Other pieces of the Master Plan with recent activity include:  the closing and demolition of the municipal pool building in 2014, the County decision to not replace the ball field as a part of Community Center improvements in 2013, and City Council and Public Utilities Commission efforts to relocate and rebuild the city garages offsite. 

The Park Board would like input on our plans – Tell us what you think. We welcome your comments in writing to

All of the above links connect to pdfs.

Reservations :: 800-998-0959 or 218-387-1712

Highway 61 and 8th Avenue West on the harbor and Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota
mailing address -> PO Bo 820, Grand Marais, MN 55604

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