“We’re finishing up the fishing dock, which would do better with higher water,” Ottawa County Parks Director John Scholtz noted.
Work on the 142-acre Connor Bayou park began in 2011. The county bought the land in 2005.
“It was purchased with help from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund,” Scholtz said. “It has been open for public use since 2005.”
While it was open to the public for several years, it wasn’t until recently that the county began to implement features to the park. Scholtz said when the county updated its parks master plan, work on Connor Bayou was put into motion.
The cost of the redevelopment is $650,000, which was paid for out of the county’s parks millage.
Connor Bayou's new amenities include several paved parking areas, accessible walkways, picnic tables and grills, hiking trails and boardwalks, a kayak and canoe launch area, river overlook decks, and a fishing dock. The site also features a renovated log cabin that already existed on the property.
“That facility is for parks programs," Scholtz said of the log cabin. "It’s for a variety of different events — and it’s for the public to rent, as well. There were a variety of improvements to the house to make it usable for public use.”
Scholtz noted that there were some accessibility issues addressed inside the cabin in order for it to be able to be used by people with disabilities.
The last major portion of the project, currently under construction, is a river trail to the east of the park's fishing dock.
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