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Duluth may ban certain sports at Town Green

DULUTH - Playing baseball, lacrosse, golf and similar sports may be banned in the future at the Town Green and Taylor Park in downtown Duluth.

The Duluth City Council on Monday authorized City Attorney Lee Thompson to draft an amendment to the city's code of ordinances prohibiting sports that may damage property or injure passersby from being played on the green and in the park located next to City Hall. Playing catch and throwing Frisbees would still be allowed.

The city recently received complaints from individuals and merchants about lacrosse balls striking buildings and breaking the glass of a business.

Drafting the amendment is going to be challenging, said Councilman Marsha Bomar.

"We certainly want to protect our businesses, but we don't want to prohibit things that are basically OK - fun things for families to do - and chase everyone away from the Town Green," she said.

The council is expected to consider the amendment at an upcoming meeting.

The council postponed action on a request from Stacie Stamper, owner of FYI Duluth Design Center, to improve the sidewalk at the corner of Main and West Lawrenceville streets using stamped concrete in a cobblestone design.

The council indicated it would reconsider her request pending review and a recommendation from the city's Core Preservation District-Commercial Board.

Stamper was asked to submit a rendering of the sidewalk and specifications for the materials to be used that meet pedestrian safety and disability access standards since the sidewalk is located on city property.