River heritage

A paddleboat cruise Thursday on the Grand River showcased some of the Ottawa County Parks Department's efforts to promote green space along the waterway.
Alex Doty
May 17, 2013


“We’ve been working to create a greenway along the Grand River for about 15 years now,” Ottawa County Parks Director John Scholtz said. “That is a big focus of ours.”

Ottawa County Parks manages more than 2,400 acres with more than 13 miles of Grand River frontage. The county is actively expanding protected lands and public access to them.

Other greenways in the county are located along the Macatawa and Pigeon river corridors.

“We’re making really good progress along the greenway,” Scholtz said. “We’ll ultimately link this together with a trail.”

According to Scholtz, work to develop the project's trail aspect has been at a slow but steady pace.

“We have a lot of the key properties acquired, but we need to acquire some linkage properties,” he said.

The trail will eventually link Grand Rapids to Grand Haven. It will likely be developed in the next 3-5 years, Scholtz said.

The river cruise aboard the Grand Lady was provided as a fundraiser for the Friends of Ottawa County Parks group. The paddleboat passed a variety of riverfront properties from M-45 toward Kent County during the special cruise.

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