Lakewalk and Brighton Beach Resiliency
A Superior Connection
Duluth’s Lakewalk is a beloved and heavily used multi-use trail system, beginning in Canal Park and running nearly eight miles along the shores of Lake Superior to Brighton Beach. The surrounding landscape is extraordinarily beautiful and is unique in its proximity to Lake Superior’s waterfront. The trail, however, is in poor condition due to heavy pedestrian use, and the infrastructure and shoreline have been severely damaged by continual wave and storm action.
LHB, in collaboration with the city’s park and recreation team, worked to establish revitalization goals and develop conceptual designs for a 3-mile portion of the corridor. General themes focused on implementing sustainability and resiliency by “retreating away” from the lake and by “re-wilding the landscape” to its natural condition wherever possible. Providing public access infrastructure near the shoreline, while also trying to balance protecting natural resources and preserving the natural character of the area was also a main priority.