Location

Duluth neighborhood, Chester Park, is located adjacent to The University of Minnesota Duluth and includes 8th St, Kent Road, and Woodland Ave.

Chester Park also refers to a large park adjacent to the neighborhood, located on East Skyline Parkway. Chester Park straddles both sides of a wooded ravine that contains Chester Creek, one of 28 streams that flow through the city. It is a popular hiking spot. The ravine opens at the top into a wide, wooded, "bowl"-shaped valley known as Chester Bowl and contains a small lift served ski area, ski jumps, pond, soccer field and cross country ski trails.

School District

Chester Park is located in the Duluth public school district #709. Nearby schools include Chester Creek Academy, Duluth East High School, Denfield High School, Lincoln Park Middle School, Ordean East Middle School, Myers- Wilkins Elementary, Congdon Park Elementary and Lowell Elementary.

Things to Do

Chester Park Trails
Take Chester Park Drive or Chester Parkway to Skyline Boulevard to begin at the top of the trail. This 2.5 mile loop trail is somewhat steep and considered challenging. If you want to start at the base of the hill begin at 14th Ave. E. and 4th Street.

Chester Creek is one of 23 major creek ravines in the City of Duluth. Spring fed, it rises in the area of Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads and after leaving Chester Park under the 4th Street bridge it is diverted by culverts until it empties into Lake Superior below the Rose Garden on London Road.

Igneous rock sculpted by glaciation and water erosion created the geographical features of Chester Creek. The rock formations found in this general area are part of the core of the continent, The Great or Canadian Shield. This volcanic rock is more than one billion years old, some of the oldest on earth. At the top of the Park is the historic shoreline of Glacial Lake Duluth. The deposits of red clay found throughout the Park were lake bottom sediment, eroded silts from younger volcanic and sedimentary rock washed down by water flows from the retreating glaciers.

Chester Bowl
Chester Bowl is one of Duluth’s greatest treasures. A forested, hilly oasis, the park has provided a safe and welcoming environment for generations of Minnesotans in which to enjoy the great outdoors. During the winter, it operates a popular downhill ski and snowboard area, while summer months offer the Summer Adventure Program. Also during summer, the Chester Creek Concerts Series at Chester Bowl welcomes approximately 5,000 people annually to enjoy music outdoors. The Fall Festival features the products many local artists and the produce of local farmers.

The Tweed Museum of Art
Established in 1950 when Alice Tweed Tuohy, widow of George P. Tweed, donated their house and approximately 500-piece American and European art collection to the University of Minnesota Duluth, the 33,000 square-foot facility boasts 15,000 square feet of exhibit space and services an average of 33,000 visitors each year. Of great artistic, cultural, regional and historical significance, the collection is the focus of all museum activities. It contains 15th-21st century European, American and world art in all media by artists of regional, national and international importance, including outstanding work by artists from the Upper Midwest and Minnesota.

Places to Eat

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café
A neighborhood staple since 2002, this quaint café focuses on healthy and delicious food from scratch. Sara’s does it all - breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, specialty coffee-drinks, wine and martinis. Their “creative cuisine with a conscience” is locally sourced including eggs, pork, beef, produce, fish, coffee, wild rice, beer, baked goods and chickens.

Other restaurants include but are not limited to Snooty Fox Tea Shop, Tavern on the Hill, VIP, Burrito Union, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Toasty’s.

Places of Worship

Local places of worship include but are not limited to Chester Park United Methodist Church, Hope United Methodist Church, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Peace United Church of Christ, The River Church, Temple Israel, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lake Superior Interfaith Community, and First Spiritualist Church.