Grand Haven to launch second phase of municipal marina improvements
Written by Muskegon Chronicle   
Sunday, 03 October 2010 15:25
With the aid of a state grant, the city of Grand Haven is planning more improvements to the municipal marina on the Grand River channel.

Julie Beaton, project manager for the city of Grand Haven, said the $994,125 project will be 50 percent funded by the state and the remaining half by the city's marina fund.

"The city had to enter into an agreement with the state committing to invest 50 percent of the cost before the state would authorize the grant," she said.

This is the second such grant Grand Haven has received. The first was for $507,500 for Phase 1 of the municipal marina project, which was completed in spring 2008 for $984,000.

That phase included widening boat slips, upgrading utilities, dredging, installing an ice suppression system, replacing sidewalk, and restoring riprap, which is the rock placed along the riverbank to stabilize it.

"The riprap has held up pretty good as long as it's been installed," Beaton said. "But pieces have sloughed off or migrated into the slips and channel, resulting in problems for the floating docks and boaters. The lower the water, the bigger the riprap problems."

The main goals of Phase 2, Beaton said, are to protect and preserve the existing floating docks by increasing the depth of the water to minimize bottoming out on the riprap and river bottom; lengthening slips without decreasing the navigable channel width; meet current standards for slip widths, slip depths and barrier-free access; reuse as much as possible of the existing docks, dock utilities, and dock pedestals; and install a more energy- and labor-efficient system to prevent ice accumulation around the docks.

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