After a long year of meetings, consultations, and revisions a plan is being presented by the TWP for review. A public information meeting will be held September 20 at the Fennville Library, and a meeting at the township hall will be held by the TWP Board the following week (date tbd).
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TWP was awarded 2 grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in December of 2021 to make improvements at Pier Cove Beach ($266,000) and for the acquisition of an additional parcel of land to the north ($128,700). The TWP will provide a 25% match. Additionally, the TWP was awarded a $5000 grant from the Allegan Community Foundation in April 2023 to go toward the overall project. In addition, about $32,000 in donations to the project have been pledged, including a $2500 donation from the Lake Michigan Shore Association (LMSA) to be used for trees and shrubs.
The Purpose as stated in the initial Grant application: “Enhance the overall accessibility and scenic value of Pier Cove Park while honoring the rich history, quiet restfulness, and natural beauty of this unique lakeshore area. Renovating the current parking, fencing, signage, and steps will benefit safety, accessibility, and improve the park's overall attractiveness. A new walkway and gathering space will add barrier-free accessibility to parking, restrooms, and a new overlook on Lake Michigan. The renovations will help restore a more natural and rustic environment and repair damage from shoreline erosion using native plantings and wildflowers. Interpretive signage will offer a unique stop on the Lake Michigan Water Trail between South Haven and Saugatuck and along US Bike Route 35 where users can learn about the history and natural resources available at Pier Cove and enjoy its natural beauty.”