Monday, June 07, 2010

A View from the Park by Heath Hickok

Lincoln Park is the site of many events this month. The Third Annual Clean Sweep is scheduled for Monday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of 20th Avenue West and Superior Street. An ice-cream social hosted by Neighborhood Housing Services NHS Duluth will follow later that day at the Harrison Community Center. A vacant lot clean-up has been organized for Thursday, June 10.

On Saturday, June 19 the 10th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open will take place on the St. Louis River. This fishing tournament, produced by the Lincoln Park Business Group (LPBG), has continued to grow each year.

With more than $20,000 in cash and prizes to be won, many participants are expected. Last year, the tournament had a record 412 participants and weighed in 165 walleyes. Marine General is a presenting sponsor this year.

Russ Francisco, owner of Marine General, believes in supporting local community events. “The Lincoln Park Walleye Open is a well run event that supports the community.” Francisco said. Ten percent of the proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to the Twin Ports Miracle League, a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Funds are needed to build a Miracle League baseball diamond next to the Harrison Community Center. [Last year the LPBG donated $1,500 to the Boys and Girls Club]

First through 39th place all take home prizes with the largest cash prize of $1,000 going to 40th Place. A special 10th Anniversary Prize valued at $500 will be given to the 10th place walleye.
A bonus prize this year is $500 cash that will be raffled off and won by a participant attending the awards ceremony. All participants are eligible for the drawing at 8 p.m., but you must be present to win. For more information, visit