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Council signs off on final design team for riverside park by Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Submitted by on November 7, 2019 – 12:44 amNo Comment

The process of constructing a large, approximate $4.3 million waterfront park behind and to the west of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena continues.

The city has agreed to act as the project owner in order to help secure a state grant for the project, on behalf of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Discussions with property owner Jeff Konczak have been ongoing and continue this week. Konczak not only is being asked to lease or provide a 50-year easement to the property, the city would also like him to be responsible for maintenance of a parking lot and sports courts, for example.

Meanwhile, city council this week, approved a firm to design the final plans for the park. It also approved of a necessary joint permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Initial plans call for a natural playground, an amphitheater, two pavillions, up to four sports courts, trail construction and enhancements, parking improvements, a fountain, outdoor seating areas and more.

The city is not contributing financially to the project, however, in addition to handling the grant process will provide other in-kind services.