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Discovery Center Brings Proposal to TC Light & Power

On December 10, 2013 the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes brought an exciting proposal to the Traverse City Light & Power Board. This proposal has huge potential economic, recreational, educational and cultural benefits to the residents and visitors of our region as an ACTIVE working waterfront with offerings such as:

  • Major waterfront attraction – economic driver
  • Port of call for cruise ships and excursion boats
  • Public Fishing Pier
  • Base for Fishing Charter fleet
  • Base for Tall Ship fleet
  • Water Taxi to Power Island and Clinch Park
  • Scuba Diving Charters
  • TACS High School Sailing Team practice base
  • Bareboat Sailing Charters and Sailing School
  • Access to boating through rentals, charters, memberships
  • Pedestrian access point to the water
  • Environmental and scientific learning opportunities
  • Recreational activities for all ages and capabilities
  • Maritime history education
  • Community events like regattas, fishing derbies and Kid’s Free Fishing Day
  • Expanded Discovery Center Member Non-Profit Programs and offerings
              • Maritime Heritage Alliance
            • Watershed Center-Grand Traverse Bay
            • Great Lakes Children’s Museum
            • Traverse Area Community Sailing
  • 118 Market Rate Rental slips that generates the revenue to support all this

Click here to view the full presentation on YouTube (starts about 16 minutes into the video).

Click Here to read the full Proposal for a Community Pier, Harbor and Marina.

To learn more about the potential uses of the Community Harbor click on this infographic:

Discovery Harbor Infographic

Proposed Community Pier and Public Access Hub

Note that we are the first to admit that parking on the dock is not desirable or highest and best use, but it allows this project to proceed until safe methods of getting users across the busy highway to remote parking are in place. Once that happens, parking can be removed from the dock in favor of activity space.

Harbor & Marina

PHASE 1- Community Pier, Harbor and Marina

Proposed Community Pier, Harbor and Marina (Phase 1) and Proposed Discovery Center Campus (Phase 2)
Proposed Community Pier, Harbor and Marina (Phase 1) and Proposed Discovery Center Campus (Phase 2)


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