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In June 2012, Duluth experienced a large rainstorm creating extreme runoff and damage of over $100 million. After the floods, Duluth LISC in partnership with the St. Louis River Alliance, the City of Duluth, Design Duluth and the University of Minnesota began to develop a resilience and sustainability plan for the neighborhoods affected by the flood. Duluth LISC, the St. Louis River Alliance, and Design Duluth Studio secured a Bush Foundation grant for the process.
LISC “seed grant” funds from The McKnight Foundation helped implement a mini master plan for Riverside Park in western Duluth and engage students in designing a future for the St. Louis River Corridor.
The St. Louis River Corridor Initiative invests in public park and trail improvements from Lincoln Park to the Fond du Lac neighborhood. The overall goals of the Initiative are to support the natural environment, enrich neighborhood quality of life, attract new home buyers, establish new visitor destinations and stimulate appropriate development.