There's an overgrown tree in a section of the path stretching from Waverly Avenue to Marion Avenue that's causing people to duck or find other ways of avoiding it.
Grand Haven residents Loren and Bett Carlson said they have to bike in a single file because the tree is invading their space.
“It’s not a huge nuisance, but it’s something I think can be easily resolved,” Loren said.
The Carlsons said they bike in the area at least five times a week, and would like it if the bike path remained the same width the entire way.
On the other hand, Connie McMann said she frequently walks in the area and doesn’t understand why people would have a problem with the overgrown tree.
“It’s always been this way," the Grand Haven woman said.
Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said Tuesday he wasn’t aware of the issue. On Wednesday, he went to the bike path and determined the weeping willow tree required trimming —but it’s on private property. He said the city would send a letter to the owner.
When an object such as the tree is on private property, the city sends the owner a letter requesting action to resolve the problem. If the owner doesn’t fix it, the city will take action and bill the owner for the services, Hunter said.
Hunter said the city often depends on residents to raise concerns or bring something to their attention because they have about 50 miles of city streets to maintain.
“We appreciate when people contact us,” he said. “It helps us in our job.”