More places to park?

Phil of Grand Haven asked, “With the repaving of the parking lot at the state park, are there now more parking places?"
Mark Brooky
Jun 6, 2014


Phil continued: "Is the rest of the parking area also going to be resurfaced soon? And, are there more or less parking spaces in the fishermen's parking lot now that it is finished?”


Wow, Phil: You really have an interest in the state park asphalt!

Anyway, Grand Haven State Park Supervisor Joyce Rhodes told me that they did indeed gain 20 spaces with the new parking lot, and the spaces are even bigger than the old ones.

As to your second question, Rhodes said the rest of the lot is on a waiting list.

“We are on the list of Capital Outlay Projects, but really needed to get the worst one done first,” she explained. “This project was over $400,000. The next section is larger and will be over $500,000, which is not within the park operating budget. The paperwork is submitted and the draft plans have been completed, so this will give us the upper hand when competing with 101 parks that, in many cases, have issues of infrastructure worse than ours.”

As for the fishermen’s lot, three parking spaces were added for emergency vehicles, Rhodes said, but the number of spaces for visitors is the same. Again, the spaces are bigger than the old ones.

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Seems like good information, but did you really have to call Phil an Asphalt?

Beach Gal

The campground is totally mismanaged. Parking in the firshermen's lot is always very limited because they let the campers park their extra vehicles in it, they basically use it as an overflow lot. Meanwhile, up at the Muskegon State Park, which sees nowhere near the traffic of Grand Haven, they have no overflow parking: you either fit your vehicles on your campsite or you leave them home. Grand Haven should follow Muskegon's lead and restrict the campers to what they can fit on their campsites.


The state park also allows campers to park their boats in the day-use spaces, often taking up two spaces, and often they allow big motor homes to take up two spaces at the day-use beach. They need to implement a policy where boats are stored on Harbor Island and if you take up more than one space, you are ticketed.


i agree, and what else is wrong, grand haven owns that city beach parking lot and they let everyone park in, its always full. The City should put in meters, or make residents get stickers. what do i get out of it? I pay taxes and cant ever park there. its just a financial drain


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