Duluth residents who love to get outside to play all the sports available at the Wheeler Athletic complex will have to take brief pause from those activities as the City of Duluth has announced the the complex is temporarily closed.

That's the bad news. The good news is that this closure is necessary so that further improvements can be make to the complex.

According to the City of Duluth, the sport court at the Wheeler Athletic Complex is being striped and an acrylic coating is being added to the dedicated pickleball courts.

That add that this striping and coating work are among the final elements to be completed under the current scope of work for a larger West Duluth Sports Corridor Mini-Master Plan implementation project.

The Wheeler Athletic Complex is expected to be closed until Monday, June 6.

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The City has been busy with this project as they point out that previously completed Wheeler Athletic Complex improvements from the Mini-Master Plan implementation project include a sport court replacement, baseball field improvements, dugout improvements, restroom renovations, accessible walkway improvements, new horseshoe pits, and the addition of sand volleyball courts.

Having played softball out at Wheeler for many years, it was fun to see improvements take place over the years. Since I stopped playing softball several years ago, things have improved even more which is fantastic.

While it's not a cheap undertaking, the City says funding for this project was made possible by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Program, half and half tourism tax funds, the Park Fund, and a donation from the Duluth Area Pickleball Association.

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