Discovery Pier Vision for the Future

Discovery Pier Plan March 2019

Discovery Pier Vision

💦  The Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes is a collaborative place that connects and inspires people to protect the Great Lakes and natural resources which are precious, unique, and vital to our live and the community. 

💦    MISSION:  A sustainable place that emotionally, physically and intellectually connects people of all ages, needs and abilities to freshwater and the Great Lakes by providing access to:

  • Recreation
  • Education
  • History and culture
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Scientific exploration

💦  Create connections between:

  • The Pier and Greilickville Harbor Park
  • The east and west sides of M-22
  • Discovery Center & Discovery Pier
  • The TART Trail and the Discovery Center & Pier
  • The Pier and the greater Community

💦  Offer a home berth to the region’s tall ship fleet and a venue for the public to see them up close, while making that experience as informative and interesting as possible, whether as a passenger or a viewer. The largest tall ship fleet on the American side of the Great Lakes is docked on the Pier and includes:

  • Schooner Manitou
  • Schooner Madeline
  • Schooner Utopia
  • Cutter Champion
  • Schooner Inland Seas (occasionally in Traverse City)
  • …as well as other replicas of historic vessels

💦  Generate an active waterfront setting that encompasses a wide variety of experiences:

  • Gangways and promenades for exploring the Pier, tall ships, and waterfront
  • Community Sailing – learning, coaching, regattas, etc.
  • Passive recreation – picnics, sightseeing, birdwatching, etc.
  • Learn about water quality and stewardship with the Bay Monitor on display
  • Fishing from the Pier (maybe a fish cleaning station)
  • Enhance fish habitat in the waters surrounding the Pier.
  • Charter operations – schooner, tour boat, sail, fishing, dive, etc.
  • Universally Accessible paddle sports – canoe, kayaks, etc.
  • Life-long learning opportunities with interpretive signage and hands-on interactive activities.
  • Other boats – water taxis, cruise ships, visiting boats on display, university research vessels, etc.
  • On-site events – fundraisers, festivals, concerts, etc.

💦  Be an example of the best practices for Green Marinas and Universal Access and Design, exceeding the minimal requirements of the ADA.

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