Duluth to cut trees at Brighton Beach, Enger Park Golf Course

Trees will need to be removed to make way for planned improvements.

Waves on Lake Superior at Brighton Beach crash over the road during Wednesday's storm in Duluth. (Clint Austin /
Waves crash over the road at Duluth's Brighton Beach during a storm June 19, 2019. The road is being relocated further inland after sustaining repeated damage from Lake Superior's punishing surf.
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DULUTH โ€• As the city prepares to reconfigure parts of Brighton Beach's Kitchi Gammi Park and the Enger Park Golf Course, trees will be removed in coming days.

About 100 trees will be cut down at Brighton to make way for the relocation of a storm-battered shoreside road that had received numerous repairs in recent years. Efforts are underway to stabilize Brighton's shore, move the roadway further inland to prevent future damage and to bring new amenities to the park. The targeted trees include about 75 Scotch pines, 20 trees of assorted varieties and five dead trees.

A project that will reroute a road will necessitate the closure.

In a news release issued Friday, the city said it intends to plant "many new native and climate-adapted trees and shrubs throughout the park."

Meanwhile, at Enger Park Golf Course, several trees will be taken out to make way for the construction of a new, larger-capacity pond to be used for irrigation.

Work also will continue to remove dead and dying boulevard ash trees, as the invasive emerald ash borer continues to take a heavy toll on the species. The city says it will replace these trees with saplings of other varieties on a one-for-one basis, but they will take a while to grow to maturity.


Earlier plans to treat trees have been thwarted by the pest's rapid spread and a lack of resources.
Higher-than-expected costs are forcing city officials to rethink a plan to improve one degraded municipal golf course and close another.

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