DNR Grant To Saugtuck Will Be Used For Preliminary Engineering For Docks, Piers
A State of Michigan waterways grant has given the City of Saugatuck a big boost to one of its capital improvement priorities: improving the docking facility and other features at Coghlin Park.
City officials announced during their Monday night meeting that a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) grant-in-aid was awarded to the city for preliminary engineering for a proposed 128 docks with 10 finger piers.
The engineering project is estimated to cost $20,000; the MDNR matching grant will supply the city with 50 percent towards that effort or $10,000.
City leaders are eyeing ways to improve the existing floating dockage, now talked about in terms of a shoppers’ dock suited for such watercraft as dinghy boats and kayaks.
This will, say officials, improve the park’s amenities and offer an even more welcoming environment for boaters into downtown Saugatuck.
“The engineering study will analyze the appropriate size shoppers’ dock that could go there, the way you can anchor it, the water depth, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and various other standards,” said Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier.
“Will also factor in bathrooms, looking at a proper location (if any). It’s something we’ve been talking about the last couple of years.” The city also wants to improve the park’s pavilion and refinish the sculpture.
This latest grant offers the city a foot in the door for it’s ultimate goal: additional MDNR grant funding for the actual construction of the dockage.
Other park projects the city has identified in its capital improvements plan include Cook Park (seawall and boardwalk repairs); Mt. Baldhead Park (pavilion removal, restroom improvements, picnic area, parking expansion and paving, drainage improvements); Oval Beach (restrooms, well and drain field, parking lot expansion and maintenance shed); Peterson Nature Preserve (education displays and floating boardwalk); etc.
The city council on May 8 established a new Oval Beach daily parking fee, increasing it from $8 to $10. The $2 mark up, said officials, will generate approximately $75,000 a year if everything remains consistent. Those newly generated funds will be allocated for the parks’ improvements, officials said.
The city’s next step following the grant is bidding the project to engineers.