2017-02-16 / Outdoors

Solon board OKs plans to create new look for Victoria Creek Park


THE VICTORY Creek Park will get a facelight — and the bridge over the creek will get a one-foot lift. THE VICTORY Creek Park will get a facelight — and the bridge over the creek will get a one-foot lift. Some $500,000 in proposed improvements to Victoria Creek Park were endorsed last week by the Solon Township Board.

The Township Board voted unanimously last Thursday to support the project, although funds have not been identified for the work. Township officials are hoping to receive state and local grants.

The plan was included in the township Parks and Recreation Plan, which was also adopted at the meeting.

Proposed improvements include raising the pedestrian bridge over the Cedar River — also known as Victoria Creek — by one foot to allow clearance for kayakers or canoes traveling upstream — and a bit of a face-lift.

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

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

Other proposed improvements include a handicapped lift for boaters, canoeists and kayakers, a concrete walkway, and bike racks on the south side of the river.

Passage of an updated Parks and Recreation Plan is a requirement for grants offered through the state Department of Natural Resources.

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