Public beach a great idea

Ferrysburg officials recently announced they would proceed with a plan for a waterfront park and beach at the foot of Doric Street. They said it would make Spring Lake more accessible to those who want to enjoy the beautiful natural resources of our area.
Dec 11, 2012

 

This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike, and we applaud city officials for taking steps to make it happen.

Spring Lake is enjoyed by thousands of water recreationalists each year. But unless you own a boat or waterfront property, accessing the lake is somewhat of a challenge. The proposed park will help rectify this issue.

While there is a public beach on Spring Lake, it’s a small sliver of sand that can become quite crowded in the summer, and parking is sometimes challenging.

We are blessed with abundant natural resources and many recreational opportunities in Northwest Ottawa County. But those resources should not be limited just to the wealthy or landowners.

Parkland is what makes this community a real gem. Keeping strong public access to these resources and parks is crucial, and this move in Ferrysburg dovetails perfectly with that goal.

City officials say they hope the new park will be completed and available for use by next summer.

Once open, those who use the park will need to do so in the manner for which it’s intended — that includes respecting the property of nearby neighbors. We would hate to see this turn into a situation similar to the disc golf course in Spring Lake Township that experienced continued problems with vandalism and littering. It was ultimately shut down to the great dismay of players.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung 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.

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userxp101

This map is too small to read.

userxp101

This map is too small to read.

Zegota

Great idea and I hope people will be respectful of the surrounding properties and of course the park, if not close it and save the tax dollars!

WhiteJohn

Wow,Public beach will be something different for the public as we have seen parks in many city for public visit but public beach will be something different for public and they will enjoy visiting this place.Nice thought of making a public beach.
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