Residents offer ideas on future of Mulligan’s Hollow

Grand Haven residents got their chance to weigh in on improvements that could change the future layout of Mulligan's Hollow recreation area. The meeting held on Thursday night at the ski lodge was a part of the city's effort to have a plan in place that will help guide future direction of the area after Northwest Ottawa Water System work in the area is completed in the next few years. "When we lay (the area) back down, we want to make sure it agrees with our future plan,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
Alex Doty
Apr 1, 2011

During the meeting, planners laid out the framework for some of the changes that will be taking place in the area as a result of the water system upgrades.

“The big blue tank is going to be going away, because a new one is going to be built,” Chet Hill of Johnson-Hill Land Ethics said.

Additionally, new water transmission mains will be installed, resulting in some of the pavement in the area being torn up.

“These are opportunities, because when this happens, other things have to change to accommodate them,” he said.

According to Hill, construction crews will be using the tennis courts to stage for construction, allowing for options after construction. These options include reconstructing the courts, adding pickleball courts, and using the area for other purposes and moving tennis activities to another area.

When looking at the area, planners made it clear what amenities would not be moving or relocating as part of the master plan: the Imagination Station, the ski lodge and hill, the YMCA, the skate park, and the water treatment plant.

Other items, Hill said, were more flexible in their location at the park, such as the softball diamond, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, and parking areas.

“These are things we can adjust if we have to in order to develop a master plan for Mulligan’s Hollow,” Hill said.

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