Recreation park advances to second phase of public comment period for master plan
City of Grand Marais

Recreation park advances to second phase of public comment period for master plan

Earlier this summer, the Grand Marais Recreation Park received over 400 public responses and valuable feedback from stakeholder groups during the first phase of the master plan public comment period process.

Based on the survey responses, the top issues identified in the park are the crowding/carrying capacity of the park, campsite size and density, and accessibility. Other recommended improvements included adding more gathering space, such as a formal event space in the park, improving traffic flow and vehicle access, and including interpretive and dual-language signage.

After compiling the input received from the public in June, HKGi, the Twin Cities-based company hired for the master plan project, presented two concept plans to the Grand Marais park board during the Sept. 5 meeting. 

Concept 1 includes modest improvements to circulation and wayfinding. Improvements will also be made to existing facilities such as the bathhouses and Rec Hall. 

Concept 2 includes more extensive improvements, such as a new pedestrian and bike pathway along the lakefront, a new campground and marina office, a new picnic shelter, and reconfigured campsites east of 8th Ave. 

Before finalizing which concept to move forward with, the Rec Park requests feedback and input from the public again. The survey is online; paper copies are available at the Park Office, City Hall, and Grand Marais Library. 

City staff and the park board will review and consider the public input to help determine priorities for the master plan and develop a final concept for approval. The master planning process is scheduled to wrap up in Oct. 

Find the survey here.

Find the full Sept. 5 park board meeting here