News & Updatesfrom The GND REC

August Update

The official Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting was held on 18 August.  A huge crowd attended including Mayor Don Ness.  Chamber of Commerce President David Ross presented the GND Development Alliance with a plaque in remembrance of the event.  We appreciate the contributions and donations of all who have led to our success.

Thank you donors

How do you gauge success? Just look at the bikes!

Kids leave bikes outside of the GND REC

Phase I RFP was reposted on the City’s web site in July and we did attract bidders. Veit was the low bidder for initial Phase I work. The bids came in higher than anticipated so it is essential to raise more funds to complete Phase I.

Thompson Exteriors completed the siding installation of the GND REC. Additionally, the air conditioning is up and running in the building. Thank you A. W. Kuettel, Bill Glowacki, Jim Petrich and Jim Morris!

Boldt Construction completed building the canopies over both entry doors free of charge. Del Zotto Products of Minnesota donated and installed the concrete benches on the patio. Dinehery Fence & Ironworks donated and installed widow guards. And last, but not least, Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape donated and installed the landscaping.

Building ExteriorBuilding Exterior

The GND REC hosted an ice cream social for the community on 23 July. Root beer floats were provided.

Ice Cream SocialIce Cream Social

We had a great night on 5 August with Officer Marc Johnson and Oakley at the GND REC.

Officer Marc Johnson teaches kids about being a police officerOfficer Marc Johnson shows off his K9 partner

We have had a couple of groups doing clearing of the dog park area including a team from Wells Fargo.

Volunteers clearing brushWells Fargo volunteers clearing brush

As we get ready for the earthwork to start, we are doing clearing of brush and trees to improve drainage and create more space for the new soccer field. This work was coordinated by Eric Kangas who is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. Great job by Eric and his team!

We now have a fooseball table at the GND REC. Thank you Parks & Recreation!

We will be conducted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Mr. D’s on Monday, 14 September featuring the “Singing Slovenes”, Dinner at 5 p.m. Music 6:30 – 9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Gary-New Duluth Rec Center. We hope to see you there!

Much remains to be done and we need your support.

July Newsletter

Phase I RFP was posted on the City’s web site on time in early June but did not attract any bidders.  The work is being reconfigured into several smaller packages.  It is anticipated that various RFP’s will be posted no later than July 14, bids to be received and opened on August 4, presented at the City Council agenda session on August 6 with City Council approval on August 10.

DADS Electronics installed audio visual equipment in the GND REC.  All labor was donated.  Thank you for your support!

Twin Ports Computer provide three computers and installed the system at the GND REC.  Thank you for your support!

The monitors for the computers were donated by Ben Brekken, Charter Spectrum Business and AND Properties, Denis Lefchithin.  Thank you for your support!

Boldt Construction is building canopies over both entrance doors and pouring the cement for the patio.  All labor and materials are being donated.  Thank you very much!

Boldt Construction Boldt Construction pouring the new patio Boldt Construction pouring the cement for the new patio

We have already started activities at the GND REC.  Local volunteers have dedicated Wednesday as family night.  We have had movies, the Children’s Museum doing dinosaur night and game night.  Thursday afternoon Animal Allies comes to the site to teach children and adults how to care for and enjoy their pets.  Monday afternoon is a time to play cribbage!

Our First Family Night

Our First Family Night Our First Family Night

Children’s Museum

Duluth Children's Museum Duluth Children's Museum Duluth Children's Museum

Animal Allies

Animal Allies Animal Allies Animal Allies


The Valley Youth Center and GND Development Alliance were successful in receiving a grant for staffing from the City. Valley Youth Center will be staffing the GND REC from 1 – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Additional funding will be required to ramp up programming and staffing at the facility.

Much remains to be done and we need your support.

May Progress at the GND REC

All drawings and technical specifications have been completed for the GND Recreation Area.  The outdoor work involving major earth-moving activities is being bid.  Five construction companies attended the pre-bid meeting.  Bids are due on 11 June 2015 with City Council review and approval 15 June.  Construction will start as soon as possible after City Council approval.  This work is to be financed by the $500,000 matching grant from the City of Duluth based on the ½ & ½ tax financing focusing on the St. Louis River Corridor development.

Johnson Mertz Appliances donated and delivered new appliances including a refrigerator, electric range, freezer and microwave for the GND REC concession stand.  Thank you!

Appliances donated by Johnson Mertz Appliance CenterAppliances donated by Johnson Mertz Appliances

The floor has been painted with non-skid paint.  Thank you to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and in particular your members, Barry Ives, Chris Ghekiere, Dave Mason and yourself for the hard work and support in painting the floor of the GND Community Center.   I would like to single out Barry for the outstanding job he has done with our project.  It is great to work with all of you.

New furniture at the GND REC

Furniture has been moved in to the GND REC.

Charter Cable installed the internet and wifiCharter Cable installed the internet and wifi

Charter Cable has installed cable, internet/wifi and telephone service in the GND REC.

Advantage Security has installed the GND REC security system. All installation and materials were installed at no charge.  Thank you!

The GND Development Alliance is working with Russ Salgy, Valley Youth Center, on operating the GND REC.  Funding is the key factor for their involvement.

Much remains to be done and we need your support.

April Progress at the GND REC

The annual Parks and Recreation meeting was held at the lower Spirit Mountain chalet on Wednesday, 15 April.  The intent of the meeting was to provide information and generate enthusiasm for the St. Louis Corridor vision and projects. The GND REC was prominently featured. What is really exciting is that we have met the City’s requirement to release $500,000 in matching funds to our project! We are working closely with the City to understand and establish the protocol to receive the funds.  

On Sunday, 12 April 2015, we had a group of volunteers assembled to take down the soccer field fence at the base of Spirit Mountain and move it to GND REC. The fence along with the fence from the GND baseball field will be reused on our site for the soccer fields. Thank you Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association for donating the fence!

Volunteers included:  Aaron Hinnenkamp, Jan Hinnenkamp*, Terry Hinnenkamp, Bryan Hinnenkamp, Cainan Brown, Brenda and Bob Fife, Sherri Puckett, Chris Olek, Cliff Krueger, Rene DeBair*, Kim Eskola*, Reggie Postal Jr., Randy Metcalfe, Mark Rubin, Will Buchin*

*=owner/operators of volunteered equipment.

reclaimed fencing for the GND RECReclaimed fencing for the GND REC

Granite Works has donated and installed the granite counter tops in the concession area.  Joel and Nick were our expert installers.  Thank you for your support of the GND Community Center and Recreation Area.

Granite counter tops being delivered to the GND RECGranite counter tops at the GND REC

The metal pass through roll up door has been installed.  All windows and the pass through have been trimmed out. Thank you Jim, Jim, Kevin and Mike!

We have installed cable for internet / wifi, telephone and television in the building.  We will have computers available for use.  We are getting close to having a true community center!

Do not forget about the Memorial Day ceremony at the GND Veterans Memorial:

“To Honor, To Respect,

To Never Forget Their Memory”

Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial

Memorial Day Ceremony - May 25, 2015 - 9 am


Corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Stowe Street


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The new GND REC is becoming the center of the community. The Community Center is completed and active.  Phase I has been completed with soccer games keeping our new fields busy.  The performance pavilion was the venue for four concerts in 2017 and the 2018 schedule is being established.  The dog park is completed and is actively used.  Much more is needed to complete our project.  Amazing people - people like you -  are asked however they can. 2018 construction is focused on Phase 2 & 3 of our project will be started and are accepting donations to keep the project rolling.

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