The first Municipal Marina docks along the Grand River, just north of the area of what is now Waterfront Stadium, were built in the late 1950s. There were 54 slips at the beginning, says Dr. Dave Seibold in his local history book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny."
The marina is a joint venture between the city and the state Waterways Commission, which is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. With a state grant, the city added 16 slips in 1984 for the charter fishing boats, along with a fish cleaning station and restroom.
The city is now preparing for a $1.1 million project to improve the marina's shoreline protection system and protect the floating docks. The project includes a new seawall, storm sewer improvements, a small amount of dredging and stone revetment removal, and a new energy-efficient ice suppression system.
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