LINCOLN PARK SOLAR GARDEN

Here you’ll find the story behind the Lincoln Park Solar Garden and information on upcoming programming.

The Lincoln Park Solar Garden, completed in 2020, is a 40-kilowatt solar array at the northeastern entrance to Lincoln Park. It is Duluth’s first community-owned, low-income solar project. The power from the array will benefit the Duluth Veterans’ Place, a transitional housing project by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, and provide long-term funding for an Emergency Energy Fund to help families that are struggling to pay their utility bills.

Volunteers in front of the first raised panel of the Lincoln Park Solar Garden
Raising the first panel on the Lincoln Park Solar Garden
Raising the first panel on the Lincoln Park Solar Garden

2021 DESIGN SERIES

Starting in May 2021, Ecolibrium3 will be hosting a public design series. Click through the boxes below to learn more about each workshop!

The second workshop will be held at Lincoln Park Pavilion (411 Lincoln Park Drive). 

The final two workshops—August and September—will be held directly on site at the Lincoln Park Solar Garden (1450 West Michigan Street).

Saturday, May 22: 11AM - 1PM

with Christina Woods, Executive Director of the Duluth Art Institute, and Carl Crawford, Human Rights Officer for the City of Duluth
Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to recognize the shared experiences of our community members while reinforcing everyone’s right to belong in the place they live. Attendees will create a timeline of their own lives and then co-create a timeline of Lincoln Park events based on the common threads and experiences discussed in a group storytelling session.
Workshop 2 Adapting

Thursday, June 24: 6PM - 8PM

Speaker TBD
Adapting to the changing climate of our region is necessary to strengthen Lincoln Park’s sustainability as an urban community. This workshop will examine methods of climate adaptation developed locally. Attendees will consider how Lincoln Park’s insecurities may worsen with climate change and identify how climate adaptation can strengthen our community.
Workshop 3 Developing

Scheduled for late July: Time TBD

Speaker TBD
Development that emphasizes sustainability and inclusion through participatory design will positively impact the wellbeing of our Lincoln Park community members. Through a mapping exercise, a history lesson on Lincoln Park infrastructure, and a future-visioning discussion, attendees will begin to imagine a new entrance to Lincoln Park along West Michigan Street.

Scheduled for Late August: Time TBD

Speaker TBD
Green infrastructure often requires minimal effort to positively impact the environment - we call this low-impact development. Utilizing both these methods and the collective voice of the community is a great way to create community spaces in areas that have been historically underserved. This workshop will examine several methods for low-impact development and ask attendees to consider how they may be implemented on the Lincoln Park Solar Garden site to sustain it as a community asset.

Scheduled for late September: Time TBD

Speaker TBD
This final workshop will be an event that celebrates the work done in the previous workshops and Stone Soup. It will consist of youth friendly design activities that place emphasis on determining how the community wants to use the Solar Garden’s recreational space. The night will start with freeform design activities that will include proposing site layouts, amenities, or features through use of drawing, collaging, or crafting. Once the design activities end, we will have dinner and gather around fire pits. Community members will be free to discuss the reasoning for their design ideas, as well as anything else, over dinner.

Questions about any of the workshops or the Solar Garden?

Email Luke (luke@ecolibrium3.org) or Julius (julius@ecolibrium3.org)

or call us at 218-336-1038

Directions, Parking, and Transportation to the Workshop Site

***All workshops and corresponding marketing materials were prepared by Ecolibrium3 using federal funds under award NA20NOS4190088 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or the MNDNR.

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