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Grand Haven State Park’s campground opened for business Monday – and, by noon, many campers were setting up their temporary homes and taking to the beach.

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As Michigan moves to Stage 4 of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, the Department of Natural Resources has determined official opening dates for state park and state forest campgrounds, state harbors, and other DNR-managed outdoor spaces.

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A number of restrictions lifted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday are specifically relevant to parks and park users. In response, the Ottawa County parks department recently announced the following updates:

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Looking ahead to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced it plans to reopen Grand Haven State Park’s Channel parking lot (known locally as Fisherman’s parking lot) to public parking starting at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22.

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The county’s annual fitness program returns later this month.

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Community members may not be able to go out and spend time with friends and family in shops and restaurants during the governor’s order to stay home and stay safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) event; however, Ottawa County’s parks remain open with a few changes.

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FERRYSBURG — While people are exploring different parks as the weather turns warmer, they can help Ottawa County Parks and Recreation staff collect input in creating designs for Ottawa Sands.

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Summer is just a couple of months from making its appearance, and with warmer weather brings the opportunity to get kids outdoors and participating in hands-on learning.

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LANSING (AP) — As promised, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation Thursday that would have ended Michigan's ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk, saying the restriction is needed to curb the spread of animal diseases such as chronic wasting disease.

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A hiking trail in Ottawa County and a kayak launch in Fruitport are among a diverse range of projects recommended this week for state outdoor recreation grants.

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Temperatures are expected to reach into the 40s for much of this coming week.

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The redevelopment of the village of Spring Lake’s Tanglefoot Park is getting a big boost from two local residents who have pledged $1 million toward the project.

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Commuters and homeowners along Waverly Avenue near Beechtree Street should see the road open again today after a closure this past week for work at Sluka Field.

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FERRYSBURG — Despite the cooler weather and rain, a crowd gathered at the Ottawa Sands county park for a dedication ceremony Tuesday.

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FERRYSBURG — Since 2017, Ottawa County Parks employees have been working with their partners to acquire a 345-acre Ferrysburg property previously owned by Gaylen Byker.

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Mosquitoes carrying the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis have driven at least one Friday night football game in Michigan to the daylight hours.

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Whether it’s on foot or on horseback, a mountain bike or a snowmobile – or even in a canoe – Michigan has a trail for you.

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Hard to believe it’s almost Labor Day. But, fortunately, we have a long, summer-stretching weekend ahead.

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Spring Lake Village Council members say they want to know the cost estimates before committing to any changes at Tanglefoot Park.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A visit to Mercury Park offers guests use of a softball field and playground on one end, and may soon have a multipurpose grass field on the other side.

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FERRYSBURG — For the past two years, the Ottawa County Parks system has worked to purchase a 345-acre property previously owned by Gaylen Byker.

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FERRYSBURG — Children screamed in delight as a mist of water sprayed out of an inflatable T-Rex sprinkler.

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Life doesn’t hand out many free rides, but this coming Saturday, the youth of Grand Haven will get the opportunity for a free plane ride at the Young Eagles event at the local airport.

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After wading through a pool of 82 candidates, Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg announced Tuesday that Jason Shamblin has been selected to serve as the county’s parks and recreation director.

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To celebrate 100 years of Michigan’s state parks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer handed out ingredients to make s’mores to dozens of local schoolchildren at Grand Haven State Park on Friday.

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Blue skies and temperatures hovering around 60 Tuesday afternoon greeted passengers eager to see a section of the Grand River from aboard a replica of an old-time riverboat.

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WEST OLIVE — Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective will transform the nature center at Hemlock Crossing County Park into a one-night-only, pop-up art venue Saturday, March 23, from 5-8 p.m.