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Local Parks Projects Underway

Local Parks Projects Underway

By Beth Milligan

Improvements to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area, new seating for the Open Space, a potential new parking plan for Greilickville Harbor Park and efforts to raise funds for a new Civic Center playground are just a few of the parks projects now underway in the Grand Traverse region.

Brown Bridge Quiet Area
Recent paddlers down the Boardman River may have noticed something different in the quarter-mile stretch above the Brown Bridge Dam removal area: large excavators. The machinery is on-hand as part of a new project to reconnect the river to its floodplain following the 2012 dewatering incident at the dam.

“We’re excavating the banks down to a level where the river can access the floodplain, and then planting vegetation along the bank to increase its stability,” explains Frank Dituri, chairman of the implantation team for the Boardman River Dams & Restoration Project. The river is incised right now for a 1,200 foot-long stretch, meaning the banks are so high the river can’t naturally distribute water to the floodplain during a high rain event. Instead, the river bounces back and forth between banks, eroding them and moving sediment downstream.

Dituri says the floodplain reconnection project should be finished in the next week or two. “The Grand Traverse Conservation District will then be planting the bare soils with local seeds and live willow plantings, so within a year or two you will not be able to tell anything was even done there,” he says. “The river will be functioning much better than it is now.” more

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Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market

7:30am Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market: Farmers & gardeners from around the local region bring their fresh produce, flowers & baked goods to this Downtown Farmers Market located between Cass & Union streets, across from Clinch Park, TC. Held on Saturdays through Oct. www.downtowntc.com more

National Championship Regatta

7:30am MC Scow National Championship Regatta: Held through Aug. 27 on Crystal Lake in Frankfort. Dinner, entertainment & activities will take place following competition at 6:30pm. 231-352-4691.

Alden Men’s Club

8:00am Alden Men’s Club Monthly Breakfast Meeting: Alden Methodist Church. www.aldenmensclub.org more

Back-to-School Immunization Event

9:00am Back-to-School Immunization Event: Held at Munson Medical Center's Pediatric Immunization Clinic, TC, this event also includes face painting, a bounce house, scavenger hunt & more. Appointments: 935-8125.

Frankfort Farmers Market

9:00am Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, Main St., Frankfort, 9am-1pm. 231-325-2220.

Summer Model Airplane Show

10:00am 19th Annual Summer Model Airplane Show: Presented by the Benzie Area Radio Club at Thompsonville Airport. Free admission. 517-812-4970. www.benziearearc.com more

Author Signings & Photographer & Artist Signing

10:00am Author Signings & Photographer & Artist Signing: Horizon Books, TC. Info: www.horizonbooks.com more

Art at the Nature Center

10:00am Saturday Programming – Art at the Nature Center: 10am-4pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. At 1:30pm gather under the pavilion for children’s crafts. Stop by any time to pick up a nature photography scavenger hunt. Presented by the GT Conservation District. www.natureiscalling.org more
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