It has also drawn some criticism from visitors and residents alike.
A sewer line break at the park forced park staff to close the beach bathrooms. While officials worked to try and fix this problem, portable toilets were placed outside the restroom facilities.
Visitors and park officials reported “tremendous use” of the portable toilets during that time, which, according to some who wrote to the Tribune, caused a smelly, unpleasant situation.
While it’s nice to see the state park try to accommodate visitors by placing temporary toilets, given the amount of traffic this community asset receives during the busy summer months, more should have been done.
It should be a top priority to make sure all of our state park visitors have a proper restroom to use — not an overflowing porta-potty
If this meant placing additional toilets at the park, or having more frequent cleanings, then so be it.
Everyone pays a price to get into state parks, whether it be an entrance fee or a special tab on state license plates.
This money should be used to make sure that all park infrastructure is in working order.
Incidents like this most recent one are an example of what can happen when we let things sit unmodified for too long.
Our hope is that this latest incident lets state recreation officials know of the importance aging infrastructure has at our state parks, and how we shouldn’t take instances where this system fails lightly — especially at the busy Grand Haven State Park.
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