Positive solution needed in city’s boardwalk restroom flap

From the summer sunsets, icy terrain in the winter and all the seasons in between, there is plenty of beauty to behold on our Grand Haven boardwalk.
Jun 12, 2014


It’s this beauty — along with the natural views of the Grand River channel, pier and Lake Michigan — that some residents are concerned with losing if a new restroom facility is built along the boardwalk, near the state park.

We all can agree that this bathroom facility is needed. If one goes into the current bathroom near the pier (known by many as the “minnow shack”), they will experience the dilapidated the conditions firsthand.

With the massive number of people who use the boardwalk daily, there needs to be adequate and updated restroom facilities.

While the bathroom is needed, we can also see that the residents living along Harbor Drive have a point: They didn’t spend their heard-earned money to purchase a pristine view only to have it obscured by a bathroom.

We would urge the city to work with residents living along Harbor Drive every step of the way, gathering their input and considerations.

And while it’s good the city says efforts will be made to obscure the facility and make it unobtrusive, more should be done to consider an alternative location. That’s even if it might be more cost-effective, as city officials have suggested, to build it in a new location.

One place that should be strongly considered is the location of the current “minnow shack” restrooms. Razing and building a more modern, updated facility in the same spot seems to make sense.

We all know updated facilities are needed for our big attraction, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of permanently angering or upsetting homeowners.

Let’s see if we can all work together to find a positive solution to this situation.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



There really isn't enough information out there to really know what's going on with this proposal. The current restrooms (minnow shack) service the campers as well as Boardwalk users. The first article on this subject made it sound as if this new facility would replace the current one. Which makes no sense considering it's location to the camp grounds and the Pier itself. Why wouldn't both the City and the State first consider renovating the existing facility? I realize using common sense and sound reasoning don't always play a big enough part in decisions made by those two parties.
But removing and moving bathrooms to the new location helps no one. Which I don't believe is to hard to see and understand.

On another subject. The State just spent $530K on the Park.
But somehow managed to completely mess up the the new camper entrance lane design. Why would you put an S curve in the lanes where people are going to be pulling and driving 40' campers. Needless to say the first big weekend someone took out the one gate post with their camper. How in the world that design flaw got by those that designed it and approved it is hard to understand.

Tri-cities realist

You answered your last question / statement earlier in your post " I realize using common sense and sound reasoning don't always play a big enough part in decisions made by those two parties." I'm sure you realize this, but it is worth reiterating the senselessness of our govt's can be mind boggling.


Somebody please tell the people along Harbor drive that their hard earned money purchased a house, NOT a view. They have no legal right to the view and the city can make improvements for the good of the people regaurdless of the view. It's just amazing how the mentality of accomodation impedes us from making necessary improvements. Geesh.


You are absolutely wrong here. They did purchase a view and pay huge taxes for it. If this bathroom blocks their view they will in turn get their taxes lowered. Someone else's taxes will rise to make up for it. That's how it works.




LOL. Clever play on words, rest rooms are also called Necessary Rooms.


.....and toilets, their main use, by the way.


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