News & Updatesfrom The GND REC

Memorial Day Ceremony | Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial

Come honor the sacrifice of those Veterans from the Far West Communities of Riverside, Smithville, Morgan Park, Gary New Duluth, Fond du Lac and Oliver, WI. who gave their lives in service to their country and defending our freedom. Ceremony at 9 am, refreshments and fellowship at The GND REC to follow.


  • Welcome
  • Flag Ceremony 
  • Invocation – Father Kristijan Petrovich
  • The Fallen – Killed in Action or While in the Service of their Country WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraqi Freedom
  • Post the Colors
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Amazing Grace with Judge David Brouschar on bagpipes
  • Flag Ceremony – Boy Scouts
  • Flag Ceremony – Army National Guard Honor Guard
  • Presentation of Wreath
  • Rifle Salute – ARNG Honor Guard
  • TAPS – Tom Spehar
  • Mayor Emily Larson, City of Duluth
  • Daniel Fanning – U. S. Army – Desert Storm
  • Comments and Special Thanks – Mark Rukavina
  • Closing Prayer – Father Kristijan Petrovich
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee / God Bless America

The GND REC Announces Concerts in the Park

The GND REC Center is happy to announce four amazing concerts at The GND Rec. It's time to enjoy the new pavilion, green space and revitalized community and recreation area. Come dance to some great music, visit with your neighbors and learn more about the community center and recreation project!

Sunday, July 2, 2017 | Symphony Night with the DSSO "Boston Pops" | 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 | An Evening of Bluegrass with Les and Beth Hazelton, The Fish Heads and Busterville | 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | An Night with Todd Eckart | 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 2017 | The Singing Slovenes and the Sitnica Tamburitza Orchestra | 1:00 p.m.

The GND REC Offers Exercise Classes

Did you know The GND REC offers exercise classes through a partnership with the Duluth YMCA? Come check out our Light and Low class (every Monday and Wednesday at 9 am) or Yoga (every Wednesday at 6 p.m.). Free for YMCA members or $5 per class for nonmembers; 10 class punch passes are available for $40. What a great way to stay healthy, meet your neighbors and enjoy the revitalized GND REC center. Hope to see you soon!

French Joins The GND REC

Please join The GND REC in welcoming Harrison French as the new GND REC Director. French will officially begin on May 8th, but will be familiarizing himself with the offerings/programs prior to that.  Harrison comes to The GND REC with a wealth of experience from the YMCA and his degree in Environmental and Outdoor Educationat from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  We are excited to have him get started. Please stop by and welcome Harrison to our community.

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We Need Your Help

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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