Parks and Recreation: Duluth’s Olympic history focus of celebrationBayfront Festival Park will be the place to be in Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the 11th annual “Warmer By the Lake.”
By: Duluth Parks and Recreation, Budgeteer News
Bayfront Festival Park will be the place to be in Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the 11th annual “Warmer By the Lake.” Everyone will be able to enjoy the traditional activities of skating, hayrides and hot chocolate and cookies — but with the Olympic spirit.
From Feb. 12 to Feb. 28, the Olympic spirit will play out in Vancouver, inspiring us to be the best that we can be. What better time and opportunity for Duluth to hold a community-wide Olympic celebration? Friends of the Parks, True North AmeriCorps, the city’s Park and Recreation department and local businesses and clubs are joining forces to do just that, starting with an opening ceremony Feb. 13, presented by Warmer by the Lake.
This ceremony will focus on Duluth’s Olympic history and future and will include a parade of community centers and local winter sport clubs to kick off the next two weeks of events.
Warmer by the Lake participants will be able to enjoy ice skating, snow-shoeing, sledding, marshmallow roasting and hay rides. Everyone can come in out of the cold and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies as well as enjoy some festive music in the large warming tent or warm up by the bonfire.
So pack up the kids, grab your skates and head on down to Bayfront for a fun-filled day of winter activities.
Get into the Olympic spirit with your fellow Northlanders as you take part in community-wide Olympic celebration events representing a wide array of winter sports:
• Broomball.com and the Norton Park Community Center are hosting a broomball clinic.
• Freestyle of Duluth will be sponsoring a rail jam competition at Chester Bowl.
• Courage Duluth will be training future mono ski Para-Olympians at Spirit Mountain.
• Learn how to curl on the same ice that our men’s Olympic team started on, thanks to the Duluth Curling Club.
• Duluthian George Hovland (1952 Nordic skiing Olympian and owner of Snowflake Nordic Ski Center) and Duluth’s Cross Country Ski Club are co-hosting a cross county ski celebration. Snowflake Nordic Ski Center will be free that day plus the first hour ski rental will be free.
• UMD’s Alpine Ski Team will take a break from training to hold a racing clinic at Chester Bowl.
The closing ceremony will be at Chester Bowl’s Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. As an added bonus, Saint Scholastica’s Multi-Cultural Club will be presenting a firework display to celebrate Chinese New Year at the closing ceremony.
This is just a taste of the events. We are working on having events all over Duluth, from Lake Superior Zoo to toddler events at Woodland Community Center. If you want to host an event, or are a club/community center member who wants to march in the parade or volunteer, please e-mail email@example.com. As the date gets closer, we will be launching a Web site with Fit City Duluth and working with Red Rock Radio to get the word out.
Join the celebration, try a new sport, and maybe you will discover your Olympic aspirations during Duluth’s Olympic spirit celebration.
This Community Extra column by the Parks and Recreation department appears monthly.