DULUTH, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded the City of Duluth with a $50,000 grant towards the Lincoln Park’s Place to Play project. The project was implemented to help restore the historic park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. The restoration includes adding new cultural and recreational programming in the park and the addition of two playscapes, picnic areas, restrooms and restoration of the park pavilion.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The City of Duluth hosted a celebration at Lincoln Park today to commemorate the grant dedication. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson spoke at the grant ceremony, addressing the broad impact the project will have on families and children in the community. After the commemoration, local kids and families took part in different activities and learned about park stewardship.
“The Place to Play project is an excellent resource for providing better access and new opportunities for kids and families to be active and engage outdoors with each other and others who live, work and play in this community,” said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. “50 percent of Lincoln Park children live at 100 percent of poverty and below. Poverty should not limit opportunity to recreate, exercise and access beautiful park spaces. We are excited to get started on what will be transformative improvements that enhance and revitalize this neighborhood park for everyone to enjoy.”
The Lincoln Park’s Place to Play project is a collaborative effort between the City of Duluth, the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Lincoln Park Child and Family Collaborative, Ecolibrium3, Lincoln Park Business Group, Community Action Duluth and St. Louis County Public Health. The City of Duluth will support the park by increasing park maintenance funding, implementing an asset management system to plan the park’s lifecycle maintenance costs and reaching out to citizens and nonprofit partners to help care for the park facility.
“Duluth is an excellent example of a community who is committed to engaging and supporting its young people through resources that will improve their health and wellness for the rest of their lives,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are so grateful to work with the City of Duluth on this Place to Play initiative and are so thankful to celebrate with the young people in Lincoln Park who will get to use and safely play at this park for years to come.”
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