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Ground broken for Greenway project

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Work on the connector bike path and Mill Point Park renovation is expected to begin later this month.

Phase 1 work includes nature observation areas and boardwalk, new restrooms, refreshment stand, 10-foot-wide nonmotorized trail, canoe/kayak launch, fishing/viewing platforms, barrier-free day docks, recycled plastic benches and bike racks, barrier-free picnic areas, barrier-free access to the Mill Point band shell, new vistas of the Grand River, preservation of wetlands, year-round trail recreation, and a 3,300-foot extension to the Tri-Cities Connector path.

Doss said the most innovative element this transformation is a special kayak/canoe launch. This launch is planned for the end of South Cutler Street. It includes a rain garden and a special wetlands restoration to increase wildlife habitat. It will also include the first-ever non-motorized boat storage rack to make the waterfront accessible for all.

When all phases are completed, the 4-mile Grand River Greenway will connect to the existing Leonard Road bike path, and will then reach every public school in Spring Lake Township for safe and environmental nonmotorized transportation and recreation — including to the associated football, soccer, baseball, tennis and other fields, Doss said. 

“I am extremely proud in our Spring Lake community in supporting this project,” Doss said. “Our teachers, students and patrons have really taken ownership. Without such support, this groundbreaking would not have happened. This is the main reason living here is ideal — our community is amazing.”

To donate to The Friends of the Grand River Greenway, contact Barb Post at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, or visit www.ghacf.org and click “online giving.”

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