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Discovery Pier featured on ‘banner day for conservation’

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The state is poised to award over $40 million to fund public land projects this year. The money will go towards big-ticket properties like thousands of acres next to the Pigeon River Country State Forest, land along the St. Clair River, a multi-million dollar parcel in Muskegon, and dozens of other projects — including a number Up North. […]

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Grant will transform coal dock property

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Elmwood Township resident George Preston doesn’t know much about Discovery Pier. However, he’s observed the “old coal dock” in Grelickville since the 1970s, and was less than impressed. “I remember the big pile of coal on it — on both sides of the road, actually. It does look better. They’ve done a good job with […]

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Discovery Pier receives $595,000 to transform public space

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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. […]

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Potential Environmental Concerns Delay Children’s Museum Opening

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Concern over contaminated soil vapor on the site of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum will postpone its reopening. Mike Long, Executive Director of the museum located at the Discovery Center in Elmwood Township, disclosed the administration’s and board’s decision this week. “Recent indoor air samples at the museum have been clean,” explained Long. “However, earlier […]

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Dredging underway to improve access to boats for all abilities

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Funding from Michigan Economic Development Corporation is driving public access to Grand Traverse Bay at Discovery Pier. Construction continues to convert the former coal dock into a park-like destination.  Dredging is underway that will expand the size and depth of the harbor’s basin. New floating docks will be installed this spring with ramps and boarding platforms to accommodate people of all […]

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Record Eagle covers our first Third Coast Conversation

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An event billed as a Third Coast Conversation brought about 60 people to Traverse City’s Hagerty Center Thursday evening to discuss cultural, social, historical and environmental factors that connect them to the water. Those gathered read poetry and prose, looked at historical photos and paintings, and discussed what feelings were evoked. Read more in Third […]

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All-volunteer crew on the schooner Madeline share their experience in the Record Eagle

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The schooner Madeline operates under an all-volunteer crew. After completing spring training and joining seasoned crews throughout the summer, trainees can return as deckhands for the next sailing season. From there, those who put in enough time and effort can earn the title of mate and, eventually, first mate. Members of the crew reflect on […]