Waterfront visioning session on May 19

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

What is your vision for Boyne City’s waterfront?

That will be the topic of conversation as a group calling itself “Boyne on the Water” holds its first public meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 19 at Boyne City high school.

“The more community input the better the plan will be—everyone should attend these meetings,” said Boyne on the Water committee member and local business owner Mary Palmer. “Everyone that uses any of the Boyne City beaches should attend—Peninsula, Sunset, and the Veterans Park beach are all part of this project.”

Earlier this January, Boyne City received a grant that is allowing it to work with MSU and the Michigan Municipal League in an effort to invigorate the city and improve it for its citizens and visitors.

“The project starts at Veterans Park and continues to Peninsula beach. It’s not what we can build, it’s what we would like to see,” said Barb Brooks, Boyne City Executive Assistant to the City Manager. “For people who cannot attend meetings, the students and professor from MSU have come up with a map that can be printed from their computer and dropped off at the chamber office or city hall.”

The Boyne on the Water committee has been giving presentations around the community to garner input and suggestions from different age groups.

“We have sent flyers throughout the school systems so that children and their parents can become involved and people can input what they want to see,” said Brooks. “There have also been presentations done at (Boyne City High School.)”

The grant Boyne City received was made available to seven cities throughout Michigan which included: Benton Harbor, Lathrup Village, Monroe, Niles, Saginaw, and Traverse City.

“We have approximately 15 or 20 members on the committee. They are representing all members of the community,” said Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “The waterfront is one of Boyne City’s biggest aspects, and people really do care about what it looks like.”

For those who are interested in attending the visioning session but who are coming directly from work or school, there will be free pizza served for dinner.

The Boyne on the Water website is located at http://www.cityofboynecity.com/boyne-on-the-water-263/

“MSU and the Michigan Municipal League will be taking our ideas and coming up with concept drawings in July,” said Baumann.

“In October, there will be another meeting which will finalize the plans that have been talked about at the previous sessions.”