City eyes boardwalk restroom

The city would like to turn a trolley turnaround area into a relief facility for boardwalkers.
Alex Doty
Apr 5, 2014

The city has applied for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant to fund construction of a restroom building at Lighthouse Connector Park, near the entrance to the Fisherman’s Lot at the state park.

“The project location is behind the riprap by the old trolley turnaround,” Assistant City Manager Sam Janson said. “The building we are discussing would be comprised of eight restrooms.”

The planned facility is based on the city’s five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which has been submitted to the DNR and approved by the state. Construction of the facility is a top priority in the plan.

“The goal is to keep the users on the boardwalk,” Janson said.

Janson said the restrooms would be modeled after the City Beach restrooms built a few years ago. They would have multiple unisex toilet stalls, as well as a vendor area. As with the City Beach facility, the vendor would likely be responsible for upkeep of the toilets, Janson noted.

The building would be “shrouded as much as possible,” Janson said. This would include possible use of “green” materials, such as a live, vegetated roof or wall to blend the building in with the surrounding dune environment.

The city expects the project to cost $359,000.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Your kidding right? Have the trolley turn around at the City Beach. There's already restrooms there.

Just when I thought the City couldn't get any dumber, they did.


Maybe I am misunderstanding your comment, but the restrooms are NOT intended for those on the trolley, they would be intended for those people who walk the boardwalk all the way down the channel.


as someone who walks from Chinook pier to the lighthouse and back daily in the summer, I welcome the idea. There are not a lot of public restrooms along that route.


I agree with Kari. This is a good idea.


Me too. The need for extra rest rooms along the pier and boardwalk can not be overstated.

Barry Soetoro

Do tell!



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