Sawtooth Bluff Visioning Project

Video Source: Good Measure Media

The Sawtooth Bluff Regional Park Master Plan is available to view.

Background

ARDC worked with stakeholders and the public in Cook County to develop a vision for a multi-use primary trail hub at Sawtooth Bluff. Developing a vision for this site will enable Cook County to identify and prioritize development directions, make strategic long-term investment decisions, and better position the County to apply for or access available funding.

The Cook County Comprehensive Trails Plan adopted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 2016 identified seven potential sites for development as primary trail hubs, including Sawtooth Bluff. This site is owned by the City of Grand Marais and is adjacent to a significant swath of Cook County lands. Based upon the site’s location and size, it has the potential to be the center point of a Cook County Trail Hub system with the potential to integrate other types of development. The Comprehensive Trails Plan recommended a public design process to engage all stakeholders in creating a vision and plan for this site. This process will use input from County leaders, residents, public land administrators, trail enthusiasts, and other stakeholders to describe the potential amenities and development options for this site and to develop a statement of overall objectives, goals, and actions.


Public Input Opportunities

Phase I Stakeholder Input
The Steering Committee sought input from stakeholders on ideas to incorporate into the plan early in the planning process; at this point, recreational trails, multi-use trails, residential development, and expanded educational opportunities in partnership with ISD 166 had already been identified as potential components of the project. Find the input submitted HERE.

Phase II Stakeholder Input

A draft plan was developed for review by the Steering Committee on March 5, 2018. This draft plan was posted online for public review and written comments March 12-31, 2018. Find the input submitted HERE.


Meetings

  • Meeting 1: Friday, October 6th at 1:00pm at the Cook County Courthouse — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 2: Monday, October 23rd at 12:30pm at the Cook County Courthouse — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 3: Monday, November 20th at 10:00am at the Cook County Courthouse — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 4: Monday, December 11th at 11:30am at the Cook County Courthouse — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 5: Friday, January 5th at 10:30am at the Cook County Courthouse — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 6: Tuesday, February 20th at 11:00am via Join Me (online/phone) — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 7: Monday, March 4th at 10:30am via Join Me (online/phone) — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 8: Monday, April 9th at 10:30am via Join Me (online/phone) — Find the meeting summary HERE.
  • Meeting 9: Thursday, April 26th at 10:30am via Join Me (online/phone) — Find the meeting summary HERE.

More Information

Barb Caskey
ARDC
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-7536 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 536
Fax: 218-529-7592
Email: bcaskey@ardc.org