About Us

The area of Lower Chester Park has a rich history, having been at one time at the eastern edge of development of the City of Duluth. Located across 15th Avenue East is the historic, former Northwoods Children’s Home, which was built in 1903.  Along with children living at the orphanage, and children in the up and coming “melting pot neighborhood” Chester Creek neighborhood, it became evident that a play area was needed. It was in 1915 when the area was established as a park. Lower Chester Park is now leased from the City of Duluth, and operated by the non-profit organization, Neighbors of Lower Chester Park (NOLCP). NOLCP’s mission is to provide a facility and recreational area for year-round use to members of the Duluth community. Summer activities include: use of the rink for roller-blading, skate-boarding, dances, basketball, and games. The flat green area is available for lawn games, potential playground and more! Winter programming include: organized hockey (Congdon Park Hockey), recreational skating and rec. hockey, boot hockey, and more.  The building may also available for educational and entertainment purposes. Lower Chester Park houses the only outdoor, boarded USA Hockey-sized cement rink the in the city of Duluth. If you have ideas for usage, please contact us. image1 (4)

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