Projects on the Horizon


With access to millions of acres of public waters and wilderness, it might not seem likely that locals would support an extensive municipal park system, But that's just what has occurred in the Central Iron Range, despite its location near the southeastern border of the 3.9 million-acre Superior National Forest and proximity to several state forests, McCarthy Beach State Park and dozens of well-known wildlife viewing and recreational areas. CIRI communities are home to thousands of acres of thriving city parks and recreation areas, all of which play a significant role in the long-term success of the region.

To promote healthy lifestyles and green transit, a hiking/biking trail system will  eventually link sites within each community, including schools, community centers and parks, to the already-established Mesabi Trail and recreational areas including Carey Lake, the 134-acre Vic Power Park with its soccer, softball and baseball fields, Lake Buhl, Chisholm's Longyear Lake and others. The trail systems promise to impact tourism as well, much in the same way reclamation of a city beach in Chisholm has been championed and cheered by residents and visitors alike.

A disc golf course, off-leash dog park, BMX track, horseshoe complex, curling club and ice rinks, plus city camping and picnic areas, round out the region's municipal recreational spaces.