Let’s Go Fishing!
The Discovery Pier can’t be beat for fishing opportunities in West Grand Traverse Bay. Deep water right off the Pier provides access to many species: Lake and Brown Trout, Salmon, Northern Pike, Bass, Perch and panfish. Picnic tables and benches make it a great place to take the kids. There’s even parking and a porta-john on the Pier, plus a bunch of tall ships and the Greilickville Harbor Park right next door with a beach and playground. Open Dawn to Dusk from May thru October.
Discovery Pier provides public access to our Bay, thanks to Rotary of Traverse City!
USCG Icebreaker Model
USCG in Exhibit
Wheelhouse From Aft
Icebreaker From Bow
Plans are taking shape for the USCG icebreaker model addition to the Ship Shapes exhibit in the courtyard. This phase of the exhibit is a tribute to the Coast Guard and the important role they play in keeping our Great Lakes safe. Fundraising is under way and volunteers will be organizing to begin building the model in mid-June. To volunteer or donate, contact Mike Wills at 231-922-3000 or email@example.com.
The Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major grant of $9,350 from the Michigan Humanities Council. The grant funds will be used to develop educational signs and interpretive panels for the upcoming Ship Shapes exhibit. For more information visit this page.
On Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm the Traverse City Light & Power Board of Directors will consider two actions with respect to the former coal dock property. To see what’s on the agenda, check out the memo containing proposed actions Declaring Coal Dock Surplus.
First, they will consider declaring the property surplus. This is an action we wholeheartedly support.
Second, they will consider immediately transferring it to the City of Traverse. We vigorously oppose this action for a variety of reasons:
- It is inconsistent with the discussions and concerns raised at the February 10th Joint Study session between the City and TCLP. At that meeting concerns were raised about the property being consider parkland if the City took title, as well as the consensus that the property would stay with TCLP until the City Manager developed a plan for moving forward.
- It also limits legal options available to TCLP that are not available to the City. Most notably, once the City takes title they can never transfer title without putting the property up for competitive bid. To see an analysis of the pros and cons of the various actions, check out the Property Flow Chart.
- It will undermine years of work by the Discovery Center and Rotary Camps & Services to move our proposal forward through an open and thoughtful process.
Please support the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes in our efforts to move forward in developing a world-class working waterfront at the site of the former coal dock. Contact the TCLP Directors or to email all Board Members at once, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet, come to the meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8 at the Governmental Center on 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City and voice your support for the Discovery Center.
John Dancer, with Cornerstone Architects, has released several beautiful renderings of the design for the future facility for Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes.
These designs are the result of a year-long planning process, during which we gathered information from the four partner organizations of Discovery Center, as well individuals, community leaders, and educators in our area. The facility will serve the needs, for both space and programming, of the Discovery Center organizations and the local community, while integrating the surrounding natural resources.
This modern, energy-efficient facility will enable Discovery Center to become a preeminent educational center that facilitates understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes for residents of and visitors to our community, a vibrant center where non-profit organizations dedicated to water-related issues can come together and share resources.
Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes is becoming one of the area’s leading cultural, educational, recreational attractions.
Your comments are welcome! Please visit the page of Design Graphics and let us know what you think.
The graphics are also available as high-resolution PDFs.
We are pleased to announce the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes Master Facilities Plan!
Through a year-long planning process, we gathered information from the organizations and people currently involved with Discovery Center, as well individuals, community leaders, and educators in our area. This information was then carefully collected, considered, and used by Cornerstone Architects and the Project Team to inform the design of a Master Facilities Plan. The plan was created to best serve the needs, for both space and programming, of the Discovery Center organizations and the local community, while integrating the surrounding natural resources.
We believe the Master Facilities Plan outlines a design for a vibrant facility that will serve the community for years to come. Please visit the Master Facilities Plan page for more information on this process, and to see the plan.