Charlevoix Marina Expansion / East Park Renovation
COST OF PROJECT: $13.1 million ($6.9 million in DDA monies/ $6.2 million in Michigan Waterways Commission grant funds
COMPLETION DATE: Phase 1- July 2007, Phase 2- July 2008, Phase 3- May 2009
The largest capital improvement project in the history of Downtown Charlevoix was completed with the opening of East Park on July 25, 2008. The project included the expansion of the second most popular public marina in Michigan. The renovation project included a new Harbor Master Building with transient boater facilities, a state-of-the-art outdoor performance pavilion, expanded green space, a year-round trout habitat and an interactive children's water fountain.
The roughly $13 million dollar project was a partnership between the Charlevoix DDA and the Michigan Waterways Commission.
Phase 1 of the Charlevoix Marina and East Park Renovation project required the demolition of the former offices of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce and Odmark Performance Pavilion. The Chamber of Commerce has been since relocated to 109 Mason Street. This paved the way for expansion and modernization of municipal marina facilities including accomodations for larger vessels and electricity, water, cable television, and Wi-Fi available at every slip.
A total of sixty seven (67) slips are available for boaters with fifty nine (59) for transient boaters and eight (8) slips for seasonal or annual boaters. The marina also features ample shoppers dockage, allowing day visitors to spend time in Downtown. Learn more about the Charlevoix Marina by clicking HERE. To reserve a slip in the expanded Charlevoix Marina, click HERE.
Phase 2 of the overall project included construction of a state-of-the art Odmark Performance Pavillion at the south end of East Park, home to the Charlevoix Concert Series and Movies in the Marina, and the new Harbor Master Building. The new Harbor Master Building features extensive transient boater facilities at the foot of Clinton Street to the north. The Harbor Master Building offers boater and public restrooms, transient boater showers, laundry facilities, a chart room, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
A late addition to Phase 2 was the design and construction of the Charlevoix Fountain of Youth, an interactive children's fountain located on the plaza immediately in front of the Harbor master building.
Phase 3 and the final touch on this incredible endeavor is the East Park Trout Habitat situated along the southern exterior wall of the Harbor Master building. This habitat serves as its own ecosystem and can support a healthy trout population of over 50 fish. The trout habitat was opened on May 19, 2009 with the planting of 50 native trout.
The American Planning Association (APA) honored East Park and it's amenities as one of only ten "Great Public Spaces in America" in 2009, joining prestigious cities like Chicago, IL, New Haven, CN and Flushing NY. The APA noted that the facility, "located just steps from Charlevoix's bustling business district, and East Park, combines a well connected downtown community space used year round by residents and visitors with all the beauty of Round Lake's sparkling waters." To read more about this honor click HERE.