Marysville Secures Coastal Management Grant to Develop Master Plan for Veterans Park – The Voice


The Town of Marysville has entered into a $ 48,000 agreement with BMJ Engineers & Surveyors Inc., of Port Huron, to design the Veterans Park master plan, which includes a kayak launch.

The Veterans Park consists of a strip of land along the St. Clair River south of the Junction Buoy restaurant and north of the town’s water treatment plant.

“This is a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Coastal Management, which includes the process of public input for the Veterans Park, the development of a master plan and the development of Engineering plans for a new kayak launch at the south end of the park, which is the old boat launch, ”said general manager Randy Fernandez.

Funding includes the $ 24,000 grant and the city’s matching $ 24,000.

“This project was born out of a need you had for the launch of the kayak,” said Patrick Phelan, director of BMJ. The idea for the kayak launch was to take the old launch ramp on the north side of the water plant and build a cove there to protect it from the water. wave action of all passing large cruisers and freighters. “

Once public comments are gathered and the design formalized, the city can apply for another coastal management grant for the construction of the project, Phelan said.

“There’s a good chance you will be funded for the construction grant as well,” said Phelan. “They like to fund projects that result from this type of planning process. “

Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman asked how much money might be available in a construction grant.

“The construction grant can go up to, I believe, $ 250,000,” Phelan said.

The public viewing session and the first steps in the development of the master plan will likely take place in the first quarter of 2022. The plan will be presented to the City Recreation Council for comment in the second quarter. The master plan will be adopted in the third quarter, along with the preliminary design plan and cost estimate for the kayak launch, with final design and clearance in the fourth quarter.

“It’s just such a beautiful property,” said Hayman. ” I can not wait to see the result. There is a lot of potential there.

In its current state, the property, especially the kayak launch pad, is likely underutilized, Phelan said. The objective is to maintain the peaceful quality of the park, but to enhance its characteristics.

The existing kayak launch pad, provided to the city by the county, was damaged by high water and waves.

“We also reached out to the new county recreation director about the kayak launch, asking him to consider helping us as they were the ones who originally gave us the kayak launch,” Fernandez said.

The new County Recreation Director is Nancy Winzer.

“Maybe they would do it again because they know we didn’t destroy the kayak ramp,” Fernandez said. “It was Mother Nature.”

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer. Contact him at [email protected]