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Since moving to Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood two years ago, Michael Westvaal has taken on the task of cleaning up Cascade Park near his home. The longtime haven for drinking, drug use and vandalism looks cleaner than it has for decades thanks to his efforts. And less illegal activity is going there as a result, he said. (Clint Austin /

Neighbors: Duluth man adopts a park no one seems to love

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It was once called “the most unsightly and unmanageable land in the entire city.” The new park board actually authorized the dumping of waste rock here as other areas of Duluth were developed before the turn of the last century. It was steep terrain, and it appeared a hopeless cause later as plans were being hatched to add city parks to the Duluth landscape.


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