Discovery Center Great Lakes, the nonprofit organization that operates Discovery Pier on West Grand Traverse Bay in Elmwood Township, received two pieces of good news this week. Not only was Discovery Pier selected for a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, but was also awarded a $295,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. The nearly $600,000 in combined funding marks the launch of Discovery Center’s campaign to transform the waterfront property.
Plans include stormwater infrastructure improvements – mitigating pier flooding that often occurs now during rain events – and installing a universally accessible kayak launch, restrooms, parking, lawn/green space, and a 12-foot-wide promenade around the pier. Discovery Center CEO Matt McDonough says the group also plans to replace the pier’s eastern railing with a fishing railing featuring forearm rests and rod holders – including a lower railing for children and those with disabilities – and will add shade structures with picnic tables and benches underneath. McDonough says Discovery Center aims to raise another $1.1 million in the next year for the project, with construction planned for winter 2022 ahead of a targeted summer 2022 opening.
–from The Ticker.