Design of Improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park

Public Input

Thank you for taking an interest in the preliminary design improvements for Elk Rapids Rotary Park. The design team is interested in hearing from the public.

Open House

The public is welcome to an open house on July 9, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Elk Rapids Rotary Park.  The design team will be there to answer any questions and a schematic design will be available. The public is invited to ask questions and provide feedback. 

Design on Display

The preliminary design is on display from July 10-July 24 at the Elk Rapids Village Hall, 315 Bridge St.

Input opportunities

We look forward to your written comments and can be received in a variety of ways. For questions on process, event, or design, contact Paddle Antrim at 231-492-0171 or

  • Written comments can be received at the Open House. 
  • Online – A form is provided below for comments.  
  • Email – Comments can be emailed to 
  • Mail – Comments can be mailed to Paddle Antrim PO BOX 323, Elk Rapids, MI 49629. 

Comments must be received by July 24, 2020 at 5 PM. Based on the 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. 


Paddle Antrim is leading the development of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, a 99-mile water trail stretching through 16 lakes and 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 which includes 81 approved access sites from 17 different governmental jurisdictions and non-profit organizations.  

Rotary Park is a key access site for the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. In 2017, the Village of Elk Rapids completed a recreation survey and improvements to Rotary Park, including a kayak launch, were identified. As identified in the water trail plan, Paddle Antrim wants to offer more water trail accessibility to paddlers with varying levels of mobility. This launch will connect to the existing universal kayak launch at Milton Township Waterfront Park, creating the first accessible route on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail.”

Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part, by the Elk Skegemog Lakes Association, Elk Rapids Rotary Club and individual members, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. In-kind contributions were provided by the Village of Elk Rapids, Gourdie Frasier, Inc, and Disability Network of Northern Michigan.  

Click the links below to view PDFs of the proposed improvements and overview of the park:

Rotary Park Proposed Improvements

Overview of Rotary Park

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