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March 17, 2014

Riverwalk proposal tops city commission agenda

TRAVERSE CITY — City commissioners will turn their attention to four long-awaited proposals to improve city recreational facilities, projects that mainly would be funded by grants and private donations.

Atop the list is a proposed $515,000 riverwalk to connect the Boardman Lake Trail to the city's system of riverwalks along the Boardman River that ends at Eighth Street. Commissioners will discuss that project and others when they meet today at 7 p.m. in the governmental Center.

"They have been talking about that riverwalk extension for a long time and maybe now we are going to move forward on it," said city Commissioner Ross Richardson. "The connection under the Eighth Street Bridge to the boardwalk along Midtown will be nice."

Commissioners will consider submitting a grant to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund for $257,500 for the riverwalk project. The Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will contribute $175,700 and the city's engineering staff will contribute $81,800 worth of their time.

The proposed 840-foot-long structure will include fishing and resting platforms and low-level lighting.

Other projects on today's agenda include: $70,000 worth of improvements to Clancy Park in the Orchard Heights neighborhood; a $130,000 renovation to the City Opera House dressing rooms, and employment of an architect to begin design work for renovations to the Traverse City Senior Center.

Clancy Park improvements will require the largest cash contribution from city taxpayers of any of the projects. The $35,000 Michigan Recreation Passport grant application will require a $30,600 local match, in addition to about $4,400 pledged by neighborhood residents.

The City Opera House Heritage Association will completely fund the dressing room work at the city-owned historic facility. The project will add a second dressing room to the facility, enabling managers to attract a wider range of performers who won't visit now because the facility lacks proper dressing rooms.

The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging asked the city to approve a $6,800 contract with Cornwell Architects for design and engineering work at the city-owned senior center on West Bay. Funds donated for the project will cover the cost of the contract.

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