If you enjoy visiting Brighton Beach in Duluth, you better enjoy it all you can this weekend because it'll be closing on Monday, August 9.

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department announced the temporary closing of Brighton Beach (Kitchi Gammi Park) is necessary so that construction can begin on the Lakewalk extension through the park.

This is part of the Brighton Beach Mini-Master Plan, which was adopted in August of 2019. The City notes the Plan recommends this extension of the Lakewalk along with the relocation of the road to move it away from the shoreline, and the restoration of the shoreline to better endure Lake Superior storms.

This first round of closures at Brighton Beach will include all vehicular and trail access, parking, and amenities including play areas, water access, and pavilions. These closures must be done because construction and heavy equipment will be in the area.

Brighton Beach shoreline of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

The good news is that this closure is only temporary and the the payoff will be an improved area for all upon completion of this project.

As it stands now, the park is expected to reopen for paddlers, cyclists, and pedestrians in approximately 12 weeks. The wait for motor vehicle access to the park, including parking, will be significantly longer. Motor vehicles and parking will not be available until spring of 2023, when the road reconstruction project is expected to be completed.

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Those looking access the area prior to that will need to get there via Lake Superior, the Lakewalk, or the Brighton Beach Hiking Trail.

Keep in mind that Brighton Beach will close in its entirety in the spring of 2022 due to shoreline restoration, construction, and installation of new park amenities. Therefore, no events, programming, or reservations will be scheduled to take place at Brighton Beach until spring of 2023 at the earliest.

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