Duluth City Council Approves Controversial Paddle Park Below Spirit Mountain
According to the Duluth News Tribune the Duluth City Council approved by a 7-2 margin to enact a controversial plan for a paddle park for non motorized vehicles only at the bottom of Spirit Mountain on the St. Louis River. This proposal includes a universally accessible canoe and kayak launch area making it accessible to everyone to easily get into the water, including people with disabilities.
On February 13th of this year the Duluth Parks and Recreation Commission voted against the idea by a 6-4 margin. People that are opposed to the idea agree that accessible access to water is essential, but not in this particular area known as Tallas Bay. Some of the concerns include the disruption of wild life in the area and the construction for the launch and parking lot might cause pollutants to get into the water.
No word yet on when construction will begin at the site or when it will be open to the public.