A public meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a Mini Master Plan for Duluth’s Hartley Park. The meeting will be held at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. The City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division has contracted with a consulting group to work with city staff members, Hartley Nature Center, stakeholders, the city’s cross-country ski trail consultant and the public to develop a plan for the park. Progress of that plan will be discussed Wednesday night.
Residents also may offer written feedback after Wednesday.
The Mini-Master Plan will address all aspects of the park, including programming, trails and managing natural resources.
Sustainable Twin Ports is hosting its fifth annual public showcase today at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet, 8551 Grand Ave.
The free event features Greg Benson, CEO of Loll Designs, as speaker and local singer-songwriter Greg Tiburzi as well as reports on how Lake Superior College, the Fond du Lac Band, Canal Park Brewing and the University of Wisconsin-Superior have become more sustainable.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the program begins at 5:15. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The annual Beach Sweep volunteer beach cleanup effort is set for Saturday in the Duluth area, this year with the Great Lakes Alliance leading the effort.
The event is set from 9 a.m. to noon along various waterfronts in the Duluth area, joining efforts across the Great Lakes.
The alliance is taking over the effort in Duluth from the Great Lakes Aquarium. In 2012, 348 people cleaned 3,947 pounds of debris from 27 miles of shoreline in the Twin Ports.
Anyone who wants to volunteer should contact Emma Wiermaa, local beach coordinator, at (218) 740-2070 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what section of waterfront to go to. Individuals are welcome and groups are especially sought.
The actual cleanup can occur this week, Saturday or any time until Oct. 5. For more information go to www.greatlakes.org.
The public is invited to come to Barker’s Island Marina on Saturday for a great view of the Fray on the Bay Regatta and to take part in the marina’s Clean Marina Open House celebration from noon to 3 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available, and the folks at Barker’s Island will show off the steps they have taken to become a certified Wisconsin Clean Marina, which focuses on minimizing impacts on the lake, and get tips on what you can do to protect water quality.
Barker’s Island is one of more than 20 marinas in Wisconsin that have taken steps to voluntarily adopt best-management practices to become certified “clean marinas.”
September is tree-planting time in Duluth and residents are being asked to take part in several planting parties sponsored by the city’s Trees and Trails Commission.
“When September rolls around, it’s time to get some trees in the ground,” said Judy Gibbs, Trees and Trails coordinator. “They act as windbreaks and provide shade to homes, which reduces energy costs, and they build a stronger community.”
This year, the tree-planting parties will focus on bike paths and shore areas. They are free and open to volunteers of all ages. The Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth is partnering with the city on the project.
Here is a list of parties in neighborhoods across the city:
* Lester Park: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Meet at upper parking lot above Bridge Seven on Seven Bridges Road.
* Irving Park: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 22. Meet at community center at 20 S. 57th Ave. W.
* Hartley Park: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Meet at the Hartley Nature Center at 3001 Woodland Ave.
* Lakewalk: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
Meet at the Lakewalk bridge between London Road and Superior Street at 61st Avenue East.
Register for a party by contacting Cheryl Skafte at (218) 393-9879 or email@example.com.
OK, it’s not really graffiti. But volunteers are needed to help stencil storm drains in Superior to remind people that whatever goes into the drains goes out into streams and eventually into Lake Superior.
The stenciling — “Do Not Dump, Drains to Stream” — will happen from 6-7 p.m. today. Volunteers, including any kind of groups and families with kids ages 9 or older, are asked to come to Carl Gallo Park, 510 26th Ave. E., in East End. Supplies will be provided.
Everyone is welcome to help, but RSVP by 4 p.m. to the City of Superior Environmental Services Division, (715) 394-0392, ext. 1041, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and learn about the rich history of what just may be the oldest river in our neck of the woods.
From noon to 1 p.m. today, archaeologist Susan Mulholland will trace the evolution of the Cloquet River, with an emphasis on the section that cuts through St. Louis County.
A detailed survey of this river segment was conducted in 2012, and Mulholland promises to reveal several archaeological discoveries it unearthed.
Seating for the presentation at the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (aka the Depot), 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, is free but limited. It’ll be available on a first-come basis. Feel free to bring a bag lunch and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee.
Mulholland is the co-owner and president of Duluth Archaeology Center LLC, and she holds a doctorate degree in her field.
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.
If you live in Duluth and have a boulevard (that space between the sidewalk and street) at least 4 feet wide, you can get a nearly free tree from the city.
Duluth is promoting efforts to reforest the city, and for just $25 city crews will plant a suitable boulevard tree in your spot. Homeowners are asked to then adopt the tree and make sure it gets watered regularly for the first year.
Go to www.duluthmn.gov/parks/re-leaf target to order a tree, but they ask that you do it by Thursday.
If you’ve always wanted to tour a sewage treatment plant, your chance is coming Monday. That’s when the Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant will show off how it takes in and treats all of the city’s wastewater — from toilets, washing machines, sinks, showers, industry — and makes it clean enough to put back into the harbor and Lake Superior.
Don’t be late. The 40-minute outdoor tour starts at noon at the plant, 51 E. First St.
The plant, built in 1955 and expanded in the 1970s, treats about 5 million gallons per day. You’ll also learn the difference between stormwater and wastewater, and what to never put down a sink or toilet.
It’s free, but RSVP to (715) 394-0392, ext. 1041. Kids are welcome with adult supervision.