Grand River Greenway opens

If the opening day is any indication, the Grand River Greenway will bridge generations and geographical locations. Despite chilly winds wafting off the water, more than 100 people attended the celebration for the greenway at Mill Point Park on Tuesday.
Marie Havenga
Nov 17, 2011

Many walked or biked in from connecting trails in Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and Spring Lake Township to celebrate the coinciding 10-year anniversary of the Tri-Cities Connector Path.

Spring Lake Village resident Jerry Harring, 86; and his girlfriend, Spring Lake Township resident Doris Ducey, 79, walked as part of the entourage from Grand Haven. Harring said he was impressed with the 14-foot width of the boardwalk through the wetlands, and Ducey said she was impressed with the views.

“It’s so pleasant to walk on,” Ducey said. “I know I’ll come back and read all the wetlands signs. It’s a lovely place to sit and view the river.”

Jake Smith, 12, is pumped about the Grand River Greenway. He said it will help him travel to his grandmother’s house without traffic concerns.

“My friends and I ride our bikes all the time,” said Jake, a Spring Lake Intermediate School sixth-grader. “I’m so excited to try it out. This way I won’t have to worry about riding near cars.”

The 3,000-foot nonmotorized greenway meanders through the wetlands between Village Cove Marina and Mill Point Park, then continues east along the river to Division Street, ending at Division and Exchange. The project includes five scenic overlooks, a new restroom/concession stand facility, 16 slips for daytime mooring at Mill Point Park and a kayak/canoe launch at the end of South Cutler Street.

The project was funded by more than $1 million in grants, and $200,000 in private and commercial contributions. The village’s share was $155,000.

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To see more photos from the ceremony, click here.

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