Fundraising goals to make planned improvements to Elk Rapids Rotary Park were achieved and announced to the public on February 10, 2023. The Village of Elk Rapids and Paddle Antrim are excited to move forward and will begin with project bidding and construction in 2023. The projected completion of the improvements will be in 2024.
Paddle Antrim and the Village are grateful for the support received from state and local government, private foundations, and individual donors. Major funding was provided by the Michigan Spark Grant program, Michigan State Waterways Commission, Village of Elk Rapids, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, Jim and Diana Huckle Family Foundation, Elk Rapids Rotary Club, Oleson Foundation, Sue Haadsma-Svensson and Kjell Svensson, Elk Rapids Harbor Commission, Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Barton J Ingraham & Gail G Ingraham Foundation, The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, BlueStone Futures, Gary and Mary Chenoweth, Matt and Deb Knudstrup, Christine Petersen, Karen Simpson and numerous other generous financial supporters.
Elk Rapids Rotary Park is a key trailhead on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, an over 100-mile water trail stretching through 12 lakes and interconnected rivers in Antrim, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties. The Chain of Lakes Water Trail is one of nine state-designated water trails in Michigan and is a collaborative effort between twenty different governmental jurisdictions and non-profit organizations.
Planned improvements at Elk Rapids Rotary Park include:
These improvements were identified as a priority for the Village in their 2018 Recreation Plan. In 2019, Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids began working on a concept design which was finalized in 2021 after extensive public input.
To learn more about the project, please contact Deana Jerdee, executive director, at 231-492-0171 or email@example.com.
February 2023: Fundraising goal achieved. The Village of Elk Rapids and Paddle Antrim will begin working on project bidding and construction.
March 2022: The Village Council held a public hearing on their application to the MI DNR Trust Fund Grant for Improvements at Elk Rapids Rotary Park. They also submitted a grant application to the Michigan Waterways Commission.
November 2021: Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids signed a partnership agreement to move forward with improvements to Elk Rapids Rotary Park.
August 2021: A permit was submitted and approved by Michigan’s Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) Permit to create a path to the existing channel in Elk River.
March 2021: Based on the input received from the community during the July 2020 input session, a final design and engineering report was approved by the Elk Rapids Village Council.
2020: In July 2020 a design engineering concept was presented to the Village and made available for public input.
2019: Paddle Antrim and the Village of Elk Rapids began working on a design concept thanks to generous support from the Elk Skegemog Lakes Association, the Grand Traverse Community Foundation FOCUS Fund of Antrim County, Elk Rapids Rotary Club, Village of Elk Rapids and in-kind support from the Gourdie-Frasier and Associates and the Disability Network of Northwest Michigan.
2017: Improvements to Rotary Park were identified in the Village of Elk Rapids 2017 Recreation Survey. Suggested improvements included a universal kayak launch, restrooms, and running water.
2016: Paddle Antrim completed an Access Site Assessment. In the assessment, Paddle Antrim met with Village of Elk Rapids staff and a primary site plan and recommendations for improvements to Rotary Park was completed.