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Fair skies for annual community walk

Becky Vargo • Sep 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Waves splashing over parts of the pier caused some walkers to slightly change direction, but the weather otherwise cooperated with Grand Haven’s annual Labor Day Third Street Bridge Walk.

City Manager Pat McGinnis guessed that well over 200 people participated in the event that started at 9 a.m. Monday on Harbor Island, crossed the Third Street Bridge and wandered along the City’s boardwalk. He and his wife, Tina, were among the walkers.

A majority of the walkers hoofed the entire 3.5 miles along the scenic boardwalk to the end of the now wide-open pier and back. A party with refreshments and prizes awaited the walkers at Chinook Pier.

The last piece of catwalk was removed Friday and officials expect reconstruction work on the surface of the pier to begin by the middle of this month.

Paula Day said she was really enjoying what she called “perfect weather” for the walk she was participating in for the fourth time.

Her friend, Dave Evans, said this was his first Labor Day walk on the pier.

Ryan Heaton of Muskegon, adorned with his Sun Conure, “Phoenix,” enjoyed the walk with his mother, Kim Heaton.

The colorful bird snuggled comfortably on Ryan’s chest as he walked the boardwalk.

Fishermen were also out in droves on the pier and channel today.

Conservation officer Ivan Perez, from his patrol boat said everything was going “OK.”

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