City rededicates boardwalk repairs

After a winter and spring of repair along a segment of the Grand Haven boardwalk, officials rededicated the section - and announced that they have plenty of funding available for any work in the future. Ken Formsma, who organized the 2009 fundraiser to repair the boardwalk, said the boardwalk will always be able to be maintained because "money is not an issue.'
Alex Doty
Jul 1, 2011


“The $100,000 we have in the endowment fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is going to guarantee we have money for maintenance and any repair issues that the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers isn’t able to do,” he said.

During Thursday’s ceremony of the recently repaired segment of seawall along the Grand River channel, an engraved stone was unveiled honoring the work conducted by the Corps of Engineers.

Corps of Engineers Area Engineer Tom O’Bryan said the wall is important to Grand Haven’s harbor, as without the structure there wouldn’t be the navigation channel.

Work involved in the reconstruction project along the seawall included tearing out the old concrete superstructure and wooden boardwalk, and repairing the earth anchor system that connected the seawall to the shoreline. Those anchors had come loose.

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


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