Elmwood Marina

 

 

 

West Grand Traverse Bay Michigan

Marina Improvement Plan

MARINA COMMITTTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR UPDATES TO

THE "2008 WATERWAY GRANT REQUEST NEEDS STATEMENT"

Recommendations #1-8 were unanimously approved at regular 2010 Marina Committee meetings

NORTH WALL DOCK

Recommendation 1:

Eliminate the fourth pier with finger docks for boat slips from the existing 2008 plan.

Rationale: The boat launch channel is already very congested. Adding an additional fourth pier would impede launch-maneuvering room and be a safety issue.

Recommendation 2:

Construct a courtesy dock along the north wall pending engineering studies.

Rationale: A courtesy dock would allow for safe boarding and unloading of passengers and crew at the launch site; would allow for "shoppers" to de-embark for visiting local businesses and restaurants; would allow a "standing only" place for the captain to leave the boat while parking/retrieving their boat trailer which may be located at some distance from the main marina site; may improve the launch activity, time, circulation, and safety. Supported by 75 espondents of 2010 Survey (n= 120).

NORTH WALL CRANE AND BOOM TRUCK USE FOR HAUL IN/OUT

Recommendation 3:

Continue use of the north wall for the purpose of haul in/out of boats involving the use of a crane and or boom truck and approval a more extensive engineering study of the wall area.

Rationale: The north wall is the logical location for the haul in/out activity that has occurred for years at the marina. There is now a clear marina policy that designates procedures and safety. Supported by 48 of respondents of2010 Survey (n= 120).

FISH CLEANING STATION

Recommendation 4:

Construct a state-of-the-art fish cleaning station at the marina. The preferred site for this facility is the northwest corner of the marina property.

Rationale: There is no adequate fish cleaning station on Grand Traverse Bay. Funding for the facility is likely readily available. The environmental impact of the station would be minimal.The preferred site "C" has the least impact on existing parking spaces, is the best
location for marina traffic flow, is closest to the main sewer line access, and allows for safe spectator activity and access. Installation of Fish cleaning station supported by 93 of respondents of2010 Survey (n= 120). Site selection supported by
48 of respondents of 2010 Survey (n= 116).

HARBOR MASTER BUILDING

Recommendation 5:

Construct a new Harbor Master's building as indicated by the "2008 Waterways Grant Request" design and location.

Rationale: The Marina staff focus group input confirmed and refined the published plan for this design and location. The current office structure is dilapidated, fills with rainwater regularly, contains mold visible in the walls, does not meet the needs of the marina staff, and is too distant from the launch ramps. The roof of the public
restrooms/storage building is rotted through.

MARINA DAY-USE BUILDING

Recommendation 6:

Construct a new Marina day-use building consistent with the plan indicated by the "2008 Waterways Grant Request" location with the exception of a consideration of adding a second floor meeting/conference area (pending a site engineering study).

Rationale: Current boater’s shower building has limited use. The plumbing fixtures do not meet commercial standards and are in frequent need of repair often causing toilet overflow and flooding. Tiles in the shower rooms are crumbling off the wall. Modern marina boater's day-use facilities offer expanded uses. A second floor option is supported by 60 of respondents of the 2010 Survey (n= 120). This second floor might be left unfinished until a future time.

MARINA WATERFRONT PROMENADE

Recommendation 7:

Construct a promenade connecting the Marina day-use building (and the Harbor Park promenade) along the waterfront area of Docks A, B, & C that is approximately twenty feet wide.

Rationale: This offers a safer walkway for boat slip users and for pedestrians. This can be constructed to provide a better alternative to storm-water run-off resulting in keeping the bay waters freer from pollution. By allowing pedestrian access to a major Walkway and restricting access to finger docks it will provide more privacy to slip
holders.

PUBLIC FISHING PIER

Recommendation 8:

Consider constructing a public fishing pier under the  auspices of the Elmwood Township Parks and Recreation Committee.

Rationale: There are very few areas on West Grand Traverse Bay that allow public access to fishing piers. An area for public fishing from a land-based structure could provide additional recreational value to the Township residents and visitors.

END OF RECOMMENDATIONS For more detail see the documents referenced below:


  1. "The Grelickville Harbor Park Infrastructure Improvements - 2008 Waterways Grant Request Needs Statement" ("Study Summary" pp, 37-39.
  2. Marina Survey of 2009 (focus = boat slip holders) (copies available)
  3. Marina Survey of Public Groups 2010 (focus = general public & marina users) (copies available)
  4. Alternative architectural drawings A, B, & C. (Gosling-Czubek)
  5. Executive Summary Report of the Sub-Committee on Marina Infrastructure Improvement May 27, 2010
  6. Fish Cleaning Station Sub-Committee Report 2010
  7. Marina Committee meetings minutes 2009-2010 minutes (Township web-site)
 
 

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