Pop-Up Sidewalk Update: Fine Tuning a Pop-up

In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road?  Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email movingmatters@boreal.org.  This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.


What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost.  Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.

Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street.  The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.

Pop-up Sidewalk with the City of Grand Marais

Something new is coming to Cook County this summer, but it won’t be here for long. It’s a Pop-up Sidewalk!

Pop-ups can come in many forms and we’ve been seeing them pretty close to home. A pop-up is something temporary and allows trying something out to see if it works without making a large and permanent investment.

This summer Threads hosted a Pop-Up Shop at its Grand Marais store.

And in Duluth, the city and Healthy Duluth Area Coalition hosted a Pop-up Parklet.

The Pop-up Sidewalk will be creating a sidewalk connection between Artist’s Point and downtown Grand Marais, along Boulder Park. Right now, the sidewalk ends where Boulder Park starts.
This Pop-up will help us all experience what it would be like if a sidewalk was built there. Be sure to try out the sidewalk starting on August 15th, 2014. If you have any comments or experiences that you’d like to share, please email movingmatters@boreal.org or share your comments here or on Facebook.

New Sidewalk Ready for Walking, Rolling, and Strolling

Over the past few weeks, a transformation has taken place along County Road 7/5th Street in Grand Marais. It started with some digging…and resulted in a safe place for people to walk to school, to a doctor’s visit, to the YMCA, and to the rest of Grand Marais.

When the crew first showed up, it almost seemed too good to be true. Was the sidewalk really coming?


But of course it was true and a sidewalk was in the works. Over time, the transformation progressed…


And before too long, a sidewalk was poured, and folks started to use it right away.P1000195

On August 6th, the community gathered to celebrate the new sidewalk and the prioritization of safety for people of all ages walking and biking. We want to thank the young helpers from Cooperation Station Daycare for their excellent ribbon holding and cutting performance. To see more photos, check out the Moving Matters Facebook page.

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Thank you to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the County Highway Department, Northland Construction, and the many people who advocated for this sidewalk.

Update: the crosswalk striping across 5th Ave. West/Old Gunflint Trail is completed, connecting the two sidewalks. Check it out on one of these beautiful summer days!