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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.

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Longtime Ottawa County parks chief John Scholtz is retiring this summer, but he doesn’t plan on retiring his love for enjoying the parks he has helped develop.

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ALLENDALE TWP. — The Michigan Recreation and Park Association — an organization dedicated to the advancement of public spaces, recreation and natural resources — announced this week that Ottawa County Parks was awarded the 2018 Park Design award for Grand Ravines.

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Mary Schultz said she hadn’t laughed so hard or as much in such a long time as she did when she and her three Schroeder siblings recreated a pose for a picture that appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune in August 1968.

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LELAND — Jamie Racklyeft nearly died in a rip current in Lake Michigan off Van's Beach in Leland six years ago.

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The Grand Haven fireworks show next week will feature plenty of surprises with a creative, synchronized design, according to City Manager Pat McGinnis.