In early June, 2022, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department announced they would be temporarily closing the sport court at the Wheeler Athletic Complex so that it could be striped while also allowing an acrylic coating to be added to the dedicated pickleball courts. These were among the final elements to be completed under the current scope of work for the larger West Duluth Sports Corridor Mini-Master Plan implementation project.

Good news arrived this as the work has been completed and it's time to celebrate and show the public all the Wheeler Athletic Complex has to offer.

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation has officially invited the public to a ribbon cutting this Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to publicly celebrate the significant improvements recently made to the Wheeler Athletic Complex. The ribbon cutting will take place at the Wheeler Athletic Complex located at 3501 Grand Avenue.

They add that immediately following the ribbon cutting, the public is invited to enjoy all the new ways to play at Wheeler.

Local pickleball, bocce, and horseshoes enthusiasts will offer an introduction to their sport and facilitate games. If you have been intrigued by these activities, but unsure how to get started, this is a great chance to ask questions, learn more, get outside, and have some fun! All abilities and age groups are welcome.

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Completed Wheeler Athletic Complex work includes: a sport court replacement, baseball field and dugout improvements, restroom renovations, accessible walkway improvements, and the addition of new horseshoe pits and sand volleyball courts. Combined, this work has transformed Wheeler into a more functional and accessible recreation destination.

The City points out that this project was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Program, half and half tourism tax funds, the Park Fund, and donations from St. Louis County, the Duluth Softball Players Association, and the Duluth Area Pickleball Association.

Now it's time for everyone to get outside and play!

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