Liz continued: "There's a rutty, muddy two-track there that leads down to the river, but you can barely walk through it. And kids or somebody always dumps trash there. I think the state, county or township should make it a usable park."
Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said the 46-acre parcel at the end of Robbins and 152nd is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. About 80 percent of the land is located on an island in the Grand River.
The parcel is mostly wetlands and is located within the Grand River floodplain with very few areas that could be developed, Cargo explained.
"I am not aware of any plans for the State of Michigan to develop the parcel into a park," he said, "and the township continues to view this area as simply a nature preserve (or greenbelt) along the Grand River."
Cargo said township staff is aware that people do, on occasion, dump junk and litter on the state land and have removed the material. However, the township does not have any formal agreement with the state to maintain the property.
"But, if we get a junk complaint, we will remove trash that is dumped at that location, and the Grand Haven Township-funded Sheriff's Department deputies know of the issues with this location (i.e., dumping) and do patrols," Cargo added.
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