Grand Haven officials are planning a $190,000 project to make several improvements to the dune-side recreation area.
"This is a good plan because we're getting the traffic flow and pedestrian flow down there," City Councilman Mike Fritz said. "It is a good move (and) I know it's going to take a few years.”
To make most of the funds for the project possible, the city plans to submit an application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for a $133,000 grant. If they get the grant, the city would provide a $57,000 local match.
Planned improvements include:
— Development of a handicap-accessible walkway for pedestrian traffic in the park.
— Development of new basketball courts.
— Creation of a youth plaza with water fountain and picnic tables.
— Marking of pedestrian hiking trails and the expansion of the pick-up and drop-off area at the ski lodge.
"That’s the scope of the grant," Assistant City Manager Sam Janson said. "We'd hear in December how we scored, and in the spring of 2014 we'd get the funds."
Janson estimated that it would be a spring or fall 2015 project if the city were awarded the funding.
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