Greenway opening Tuesday in Spring Lake

They built it. Now organizers of the Grand River Greenway want residents to come. The opening celebration for the non-motorized trail is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Point Park.
Marie Havenga
Nov 12, 2011


The event coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Tri-Cities Connecter Path.

At 4:30 p.m., residents are invited to meet at one of three points to symbolize the Tri-Cities connector path — Applebee’s in Grand Haven, William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg or Orchard Market in Spring Lake Township — and then bike or walk to Mill Point Park on the connecting trails.

Harbor Transit buses will provide free transportation back to those locations after the ceremony.

Events at Mill Point Park that day include wetland tours by Wetland Watch at 4:45 and 5:30 p.m., presentations by local municipal leaders private citizens and baked goods and refreshments at the new Mill Point Park concession stand.

The 3,000-foot greenway runs through the wetlands and along the Grand River from just east of Village Cove Marina to the intersection of Exchange and Division.

“This has been a long hard battle to make this dream a reality,” said Village President Bill Filber. “It’s going to benefit everyone. It will benefit students, parents, senior citizens and furture generations not even born yet. This will be a magnet to people and business who want to relocate here. It really brings joy to my heart.”

Village Manager Ryan Cotton said the greenway has been part of the village’s master plan since 1987.

The project includes a handicap accessible restroom/concession stand, and 16 new day slips at Mill Point Park, a canoe/kayak launch at the end of South Cutler Street, and five wildlife viewing and fishing decks.

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