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Reader's View: We can do better than housing at Lester

Developments like Celebration have no place in Duluth, especially not at Lester Park.

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I was relieved when the proposed Lester Park Golf Course deal fell through between the city of Duluth and a Disney Co. Imagineer team member who had helped develop Celebration, Florida. Developments like Celebration have no place in Duluth, especially not at Lester Park.

It is disheartening that the Duluth Planning Commission is now moving toward another housing development in our park (“ Commission backs golf course sale, ” Sept. 16). I hope it is met with great resistance.

I am not in favor of saving the golf course at Lester Park. Golf is a dying sport, and there are plenty of golf courses in the area. Multiple golf courses for every socioeconomic class is no longer a sustainable business plan.

The city of Duluth could remake Lester into something that benefits all of Duluth and make it a unique destination that is more fitting for such a great park. The golf course could be made into a municipal campground and event center. How much money does the Birkebeiner bring to Hayward? With Lester, Duluth could host its own grand events. The Beargrease sled dog race could start in Lester. Maybe the Winter Cup events being held south of us could come to Duluth instead. Mountain bike races could have a venue that doesn’t include “The Puker,” the 1.2-mile trail running from the bottom to the top of Spirit Mountain. A biathlon course could be installed to attract events and honor our local Olympians.

There are many options other than a controversial housing development in our park. People were mad when our Lakewalk was disrupted by Beacon Pointe. Selling Lester for something similar would be even less popular. Please come up with better ideas.

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Ryan Reuter

Duluth


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