Village officials: Grand River Greenway open by mid-October

The first phase of the Grand River Greenway is completely roughed in and expected to be open for pedestrian, bike and wheelchair traffic by mid-October, according to Village Manager Ryan Cotton. Work continues on the boardwalks through the wetlands west of School Street. Viewing areas are also under construction, the manager said.
Marie Havenga
Aug 31, 2011


Work will begin later this week on a sledding hill, which will be sculpted from excavated material and will expand existing wetlands (see related story here).

“The boardwalk is taking shape,” Cotton said Tuesday. “They did the viewing area framework and poured the main headwall today.”

Phase 1 will run from Village Cove Marina, just east of the Holiday Inn, to just east of Tanglefoot Trailer Park. The path will loop north and end at Exchange Street.

Phase 2, which would have extended the Greenway east to Leonard Road, has been postponed until a new route can be established. Earlier this summer, Ann Street residents objected to the planned route, saying it would bring too much traffic to their neighborhood.

The foundation is set for the new restrooms at Mill Point Park and contractors will begin setting blocks later this week. The restrooms are scheduled for a spring opening.

After the main decking behind the Mill Point Park bandshell is complete, construction of the floating docks will begin.

“We’re firing on all cylinders,” said Cotton, adding that asphalt is scheduled to be poured in about a month. “It’s really taking shape. People can now see how the path will hug the shoreline.”

The $1.3 million nonmotorized pathway is being funded in part by a $465,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, made possible by oil and gas royalties that were pledged to recreational projects.

Downtown taxes are paying $155,000 toward the project and private donations have kicked in $175,000, according to Cotton.

The deadline for contributing for memorial or name plaques, benches and bike racks is Sept. 20. For details, call Village Hall at 842-1393.

“There is still time for folks to recognize their families or loved ones by helping fund the path,” Cotton said.



The saddest picture ever... Not sure how this is "progress" -- especially for the animals who used to call this home. How did the DNR ever let a project like this pass? The big yellow lemon condos on one side and now a path that rips thru nature on the other. It breaks my heart!!! Shame on our Village leaders to waste time and money on this one. We'll never get back that natural setting like it used to be.


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