Phase 1 of the Grand River Greenway remains on track. Phase 1 is scheduled to proceed this summer on July 15 after the bids come in based on overwhelming community support expressed. A total of $71,320 in private donations and pledges have been provided so far to help make ends meet. As a result, we can now report that total funds available have reached the 90 percent mark of what is required. The first phase will run from near Village Cove near the Holiday Inn to Tanglefoot Park and South Division Street. These Phase 1 improvements also include a new restroom/concession building, canoe/kayak launch and storage pad at the end of Cutler Street, 16 docks for the Wooden Boat Show and concert goers, four fishing/viewing platforms and barrier-free access to the Rotary Club Band shell and the recently expanded Mill Point Park and Preserve.
Readers of the Tribune know that the routing for the next phase of the Grand River Greenway (Phase 2) is still being worked out based upon input received at the Village Council meeting last week. This phase is at least five years off. The conceptual route brainstorming on this Phase 2 routing has no bearing on the plans to move fully ahead on Phase 1 now involving vast improvements to Mill Point Park.
Phase 1 will be completed by Nov. 1 and will be ready for year-round transportation and recreation thereafter.
— William Filber, SL Village president