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Outdoor Recreation Area in the Works in Silver Bay

Silver Bay’s Outdoor Recreation Area is making progress with the help of talented volunteers. Projects include, but not limited to, a new outdoor ice rink, a pickleball court, and picnic tables. (Submitted photo)

The City of Silver Bay and the Silver Bay Blue Line Club would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors and volunteers for their significant generosity of time, talent, and money in helping construct the new Silver Bay Outdoor Recreation Area:

Financial and In-Kind Sponsors:

  • VanHouse Construction & Crew
  • Lake County Recreation Board
  • Silver Bay Blue Line Club
  • Minnesota Power
  • Cleveland Cliffs
  • Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation
  • North Shore Federal Credit Union
  • Isabella Community Center
  • Silver Bay Charitable Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • City of Silver Bay Parks & Recreation (Bry­an Carpenter and Larry Carter)
  • City of Silver Bay Public Works (Corey Cook, Spencer Tiboni, Mike Rowlee and Jerry Mitchell)


  • Vane Hoff
  • Vaughn Hoff
  • Ray Churak
  • Nic Johnson
  • Dan Heinzen
  • Nate Stadler
  • Mike Hoff and Kids
  • Nate Klemmer
  • Zac Harrison
  • Dustin Goutermont
  • Faron Meeks
  • Jake Stadler
  • Ayden Althaus
  • Braylen Hoff
  • Varsity Boys’ Hockey Players from Silver Bay

While the overall project is partially complete at this time, considerable progress has been made. VanHouse Construction crew, along with help from the City Public Works Department and Lake County, prepared the base for the rink with aggregate and foam insulation. The VanHouse crew then built the forms and poured concrete footings. The hockey boards/glass were then installed by the volunteers shown above. Thank you to all of these groups and individuals in our community for your valuable time working together to move this project along, despite a few major setbacks.

Next spring, we will finish the concrete base, construct pickleball courts, and build a skating-only area as well as a picnic area. The goal is to be 100% complete by July 1, 2024 and we will again rely on generous commu­nity members for their time and talents to fin­ish on time and on budget.


Shane Hoff and
Nick Bjerken

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