2018-05-20 / Insight

River group moves forward on new landing plans in Lapeer

LAPEER — Last summer, with the help of sweat equity from the Cty of Lapeer and the McCreedy family, access to the Flint River at Rotary Park got easier last summer with the installation of a canoe/kayak landing next to the old Penn Central Railroad bridge over the river.

If all goes well, a second similar landing could appear on the river where it crosses Saginaw Street.

Peter McCreedy, co-chair of the Flint River Watershed Coalition’s Lapeer Chapter, said the FRWC is closing in on getting a grant from Saginaw WIN (Watershed Initiative Network), which along with funds from the Land Conservancy and the Lapeer County Community Foundation will cover the cost of the project.

McCreedy said if they’re successful in getting the grant, work on the project would likely begin the third week of August, when the river flow is traditionally at its lowest. He said the Saginaw Street site would include off-street parking.

The Rotary Park landing, which consists of a series of pressure treated lumber and gravel steps down to the river cost $5,000 just in materials.

Rebecca Fedewa, executive director of the FRWC, said the Saginaw Street Landing is expected to cost close to $45,000. That’s because it will include a parking lot.

Fedewa said the original plan was to put the landing on the river’s north bank on a five-acre county-owned site that FRWC purchased at a foreclosure sale in 2006 and donated to be developed as a canoe/kayak landing.

Recently, however, a property owner on the south side of the river donated an even more attractive site for the landing.

“We’re really excited about the donation,” she said. She added her group is also working on new river map and on canoe/ kayak signage for the river.

— Phil Foley

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