New beach on Spring Lake is a go

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Council has approved proceeding with a new waterfront park at the foot of Doric Street and a kayak/canoe launch at William Ferry Park.

The 44-by-65-foot city-owned Doric Street lot is on the north side of Spring Lake, immediately south of Lakeview Drive. The city plans to bring in sand for a public beach and grade the lot for an easy approach to the water. The improvements will cost $4,082.

The new kayak/canoe launch at William Ferry Park will cost $1,105 to build.

The city has hired a marine contractor to obtain the necessary permits and handle the construction.

“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.

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

Bessinger said work on the two projects is expected to begin sometime after July 1, when the city's new fiscal year begins.

City Council wants to eventually add a public decking area to the end of either Reenders Avenue or Gruenbauer Street. The estimated cost for that project is $3,400.

The idea for this summer's projects came from the city's recreation commission, which recommended last year that council explore improvements to city-owned waterfront lots. The commission also suggested adding a nonmotorized launch for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards at another location.

Councilman Scott Blease said the property at the end of Doric Street is a great spot for launching kayaks because it's not as sloped as Reenders Avenue or Gruenbauer Street.

The Doric Street waterfront park won't be the first public swimming site in the area. Spring Lake Township and the Village of Spring Lake share Lakeside Beach on the south side of Spring Lake, at the foot of North Lake Avenue.

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