“Overall, we each have to do that recreation plan, and a lot of effort goes into it,” Assistant Grand Haven City Manager Sam Janson said. “It’s taking those five documents and combining them.”
If approved, the plan would include the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, the townships of Grand Haven and Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Village. Each community board would have to approve the concept.
“I think we have a real solid history of working together,” Spring Lake Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “I think this is very much keeping with that.”
He noted that all five communities, despite having different borders and leaders, have a lot of the same priorities.
“We’ve really got a tremendous group of political leaders who are willing to work together and look at ways of collaborating,” Gallagher said.
Local officials soon plan to begin the selection process for a firm to help craft the plan.
“We will be opening requests for proposals on Wednesday, and then we’ll examine them on Friday,” Janson said. “It’ll be 2-3 weeks before it goes to each board.”
If everyone approves, a final document could be in place by the end of the year.
Gallagher said he appreciates Janson’s efforts in getting this together and working with the communities to select a firm.
“We’re going to review and see who puts together the best proposal, and go from there,” Gallagher said.
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