Frequently Asked Questions

What and where is the Gary-New Duluth Community Center and Recreation Area? 

The Gary-New Duluth Community Center and Recreation Area (GND REC) is located on the far west side of Duluth, Minnesota adjacent to Stowe Elementary School at 801 – 101st Avenue West, Duluth, MN 55808, in the heart of the St. Louis River Corridor. Development of the St. Louis Corridor is a focus area of Duluth City Government and the community.

Who is paying for the capital improvements? 

The GND Development Alliance is responsible for securing funding and services to make the modifications necessary to get the GND REC operating. The City has become a very strong financial supporter in the project.  The private sector and unions have provided strong in-kind support of labor and materials.  Various foundations have been supported the project through grants and individual donations have been outstanding.

What is the City’s role in the project?  

The city owns the GND REC property which is a designated city park. 

Who will maintain the GND REC?

Routine cleaning and maintenance will be done by the GND Development Alliance. The City will provide some maintenance support and services as agreed and as City resources are available.

When did work on the GND REC begin and what has been accomplished? 

Work began in September 2013. Many community meetings were held to ensure that we were meeting the needs and desires of the community and community at large. The City processes had to be followed. We started by providing conceptual designs to the Parks & Recreation Department. Mayor Ness endorsed the project on January 21, 2014. The Duluth Parks Commission endorsed the project on March 12, 2014. The City Council approved the project on March 24, 2014. 

The project has been worked on in phases.  Phase I is completed and included renovating the community center, building a large storage building, two soccer fields, large open-air pavilion, parking lot, paved trails, outdoor lighting and landscaping.  Phase II is completed and includes a dog park, community garden and a multi-activity sport court.  Phase III includes a urban design streetscape skatepark that is under construction with a small outdoor pavilion, parking lot and sidewalks to follow.

Are donations to the project tax deductible? 

Yes, the GND Development Alliance is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please make out your check to: GND Development Alliance and mail to:

GND Development Alliance
2630 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55806.

Donations can also be made online via the GND REC website or Venmo @GNDSKATEPARK or at the GND REC Facebook site

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The GND Community Center and Recreation Area is dedicated to providing a place to be used by members of the community for social, cultural, learning and recreational purposes.

The community is in a period of transition with many new people moving to the community. The GND REC provides the catalyst for bringing the community together, benefiting young people and seniors alike while instilling an overall sense of pride throughout the community.

We can’t get this project completed without your help!