We are excited to announce that we, along with the Village of Elk Rapids, are looking for public input on a preliminary design of improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park. We announced this project back in 2019 and are very excited to be moving forward to the community input phase. 

In 2017, the Village of Elk Rapids completed a Recreation Survey and a universal kayak launch was an identified improvement for Rotary Park. Rotary Park is an important access site on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. As we lead the development of the water trail this project helps ensure that it is accessible to paddlers of varying levels of mobility. Once completed this will be one of two universal kayak launches on the water trail. The first universal launch was installed at Milton Township Waterfront Park which is a beautiful 5 mile paddle from Rotary Park. 

After bidding out to multiple firms we landed on working with Gourdie Frasier, Inc. to develop a preliminary design on improvements, including a universal kayak launch, for Rotary Park. They have been busy working on a design option which will be presented at the public input session on Thursday, July 9 from 6-8 PM at the Elk Rapids Rotary Park.

Participants can speak with the design team including Gourdie Frasier, Inc., Paddle Antrim, and Village staff, in an open house format. We encourage participants to share their thoughts, ask questions, and provide feedback. 

Based on feedback received, the team will develop a final draft to be presented to the Village of Elk Rapids Parks and Recreation Committee and the Elk Rapids Village Council. 

The Open House will follow all COVID-19 guidelines. For those who cannot attend, information can be found at paddleantrim.com/rotary-park, which will include a copy of the design and a short recording with background information.

A copy of the design will also be available for review at the Elk Rapids Village Hall, 315 Bridge St, from July 10-July 24, during business hours. Written comments can be submitted a)at paddleantrim.com/rotary-park, b) emailed to info@paddleantrim.com, or c) mailed to Paddle Antrim, PO BOX 323, Elk Rapids MI 49629. Comments must be received by July 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm to be considered.

Anyone with questions about the project, process, or event can contact Paddle Antrim at 231-492-0171 or info@paddleantrim.com.

Paddle Antrim is grateful for the financial support of the following who made this project possible: Elk Skegemog Lakes Association, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Elk Rapids Rotary Club and individual Rotarians, Village of Elk Rapids, Disability Network of Northern Michigan and Gourdie Frasier, Inc.