2017-02-09 / Local News

Solon Township looks at $500,000 in upgrades to Cedar River park

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS to Victoria Creek Park are the subject of a public hearing tonight at the firehall in Cedar. PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS to Victoria Creek Park are the subject of a public hearing tonight at the firehall in Cedar. Some $500,000 in proposed improvements to Victoria Creek Park will be the topic of a public hearing tonight at the firehall in Cedar.

Funding for the project would be sought through state and local grants.

The Solon Township Board plans to recess its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 to hear public comment on proposed improvements at the park in Cedar and the updated Parks and Recreation Plan.

“I think the hearing will be a slam dunk on the project, but it’s an opportunity for the public to support the plan which will be good when we apply for grants,” Township Trustee Ron Novak said.

Novak serves on the township Parks and Recreation Committee and has been involved in planning for the proposed $500,000 riverfront as a member of the Cedar Chamber of Commerce.

“It will give many and better spaces for boats and kayaks to tie up, visit our town and spend some money,” he said.

Proposed plans call for lifting the pedestrian bridge over the river by a foot — to allow clearance for kayakers or canoes traveling upstream — and giving it a bit of a face-lift.

Plans also call for a new aluminum deck with docking on the south side of the river and on the north side, an aluminum deck with a tension membrane shade structure overhead for picnicking.

Access to the Cedar River and south Lake Leelanau would also be improved with dredging, a refurbished boat launch, and a new launch specifically for kayaks and canoes.

A handicapped lift for boaters, canoeists and kayakers, is also included in the plans.

A concrete walkway and bike racks would be added on the south side of the river.

The project is included in the new township Parks and Recreation Plan which outlines future improvements to other recreational areas.

These include:

 Improvements to the ball fields south of the river to address drainage issues.

 Improved bathroom facilities;

 Replacement of playground equipment.

 Reconstruction of the tennis courts and construction of a four-season pavilion style building.

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