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Ferrysburg considers beach

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

The city owns the 44-by-65-foot lot on the north side of Spring Lake, immediately south of Lakeview Drive.

“We want to make it a little more user-friendly so the public can get to the water a little easier and enjoy it more,” City Manager Craig Bessinger said. “Hopefully, we'll try to get something in there by next spring or summer.”

Bessinger said they plan to hire a consultant or marine contractor to assist with obtaining permits from the state Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the design and construction of the little park. They hope to haul in fill sand for the lot, which currently has a picnic table and interpretive signage constructed by Ryan Richert as an Eagle Scout project in 2009.

“We want to groom it up and make it more of a swim area,” Bessinger said. “We'll look to see if there are some kind of grants available.”

The city currently owns nine waterfront street ends, but this would be the first improved and dedicated swim area, according to Bessinger.

The city's Recreation Commission last month recommended that City Council explore improvements to city-owned waterfront lots.

The commission also suggested adding a nonmotorized launch for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards at another location.

“I think William Ferry Park would be perfect for that because we've got the parking there,” City Councilman Chris Larson said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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