What’s up, dock?

Visitors to Hartley Park in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood this summer may have noticed the new dock at Hartley Pond.

The new floating dock provides greater access by young people who study the pond ecosystem, said Brett Amundson, director of operations at Hartley Nature Center, which is located in the park. The project was funded by grants from the Duluth Community Parks and Recreation Program and the Weesner Foundation. The previous permanent dock was installed in 2001.

The wider, lower and level dock, 48 feet long, provides a safer platform for younger users as well as people in wheelchairs, Amundson said. The lower profile allows easier access to the water for educational programming and for people entering or exiting canoes or kayaks.