“It looks pretty good,” Grand Haven Water Facilities Manager Joe Vanderstel said of the area where the tank had stood. “Everything got out pretty good.”
Crews built a new backwash adjacent to the Northwest Ottawa Water System facility, 30 Sherman Ave. This allowed the old blue tank to be demolished.
Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said the site will be left as a natural area for now.
The city hopes to construct basketball courts on the site in the future. City Council has sent a request to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a grant that would fund the construction of the courts.
“Even if we were selected in 2012, it could still be one to two years before we have money in hand to build the basketball courts,” Beaton said. “That area will be left au natural until we have money in hand.”
Beaton said she didn’t want to see too much money spent on restoring the area if it was going to be dug up again for basketball courts.
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