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For the past five years, Ottawa County’s parks and health departments have extended an offer for folks of all walks of life to get active, come together and enjoy the nature at more than 20 local parks.

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On the eve of Earth Day 2021, the city of Grand Haven received a boost with the planting of 100 trees.

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Water levels are down, allowing Spring Lake village officials to proceed with the opening of Mill Point Park and its boat launch, possibly by mid-April, according to Village Manager Chris Burns.

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ALLENDALE TWP. — Through a significant gift to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation from an anonymous foundation, the Grand Ravines Treehouse will be constructed just off the Idema Explorers Trail route.

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Strong winds and big waves brought out the surfers and kitesurfers to Grand Haven State Park on Sunday, as what seemed like November weather conditions chilled the air.

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Local children “of all ages” can find their Easter eggs during a socially distanced hunt spread out over three days in the Village of Spring Lake.

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Thirty-six years after Tim Meyer left the food service industry and opened up a bicycle shop in Grand Haven, the reins have been turned over to his sons.

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A Grand Haven mother and son took advantage of a warm and breezy winter’s day to try out the child’s new kite.

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There’s one common correlation when friends and family talk about Pierce Yonker – the late Grand Haven resident’s “absolute fearless” style of snowboarding.

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SPRING LAKE TWP. — COVID-19 has hampered indoor activities for nearly a year, but that hasn’t stopped the improvising of outdoor recreation.

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Ice fishing has been quite a hot commodity since the new year began, flocking fisherman and filling buckets with a variety of panfish and the occasional northern pike.

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Area residents can earn a free snowshoe rental by visiting four Ottawa County parks during the upcoming Parks Bingo event.

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FERRYSBURG — Camping, a day-use beach, a fishing pier, and boardwalk and a pavilion along the Grand River are among the possible improvements being considered at Ottawa Sands Park.

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Harlan and Sarah Vince said they had a hard time convincing some people that they really did complete a trip around America’s Great Loop in a 27-foot Searay.

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A few hundred people took advantage of a pleasant Sunday afternoon to stroll through Grand Haven’s Duncan Memorial Park for a pop-up art show hosted by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective.

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A local state park committee has launched a water safety information campaign in an effort to save lives during red flag days at Lake Michigan beaches.

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Seven gallons of primer and five gallons of green, orange and purple paint were enough to create the backdrop for one of the latest additions to the Village of Spring Lake’s Art in the Park.

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Confirmed sightings of five new bird species in Ottawa County are part of a five-year update recently released by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Family members clad in cloth face masks applauded, cheered and rang cowbells as two “senior citizen” paddlers worked their way to the Grand Haven pier heads early Monday afternoon, completing a multi-year journey to traverse the entire length of the Grand River.

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FRUITPORT — A month after it was originally scheduled to begin, Dancing into the Sunset was given the go-ahead by the Village of Fruitport to start the outdoor activity on Thursday, July 2.

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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.