PLATTE RIVER PARK GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
10 am to 12 pm
Indian Hill Entrance
Dear friends and neighbors,
It’s time to update you on progress to revitalize the Honor area. As you may recall, after having formed the Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP) in 2010, we made a bold move five years ago to purchase the seemingly unaffordable tract of 52 acres with over 1,500 feet on the iconic Platte River to be acquired for protection and public use and enjoyment.
Some laughed and said “impossible!” Others, like the late HARP board member Shelly Rosa, had a sparkle in her eye and an infectious smile along with always encouraging words about making it happen.
With the leadership and resources of the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy and the unflagging support of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land Trust Fund, the property was acquired by Homestead Township and HARP set sail to get everyone involved in crafting a master plan for the new crown jewel.
On Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10-12 noon, everyone is invited to a celebration to herald the ground breaking for outdoor recreation facilities at the Park. Visitors should use the Indian Hill Road entrance to the Park (by the bridge) where there will be parking and greeters. The Park area was once a traditional summer encampment of the Anishinabek. Representatives from the local Native community will perform a blessing during the open ceremonies to welcome all people to share in the pristine beauty of the Park. This will be a fun celebratory event. Bring family and friends.
This will be a special time for Park supporters and the general community to gather and share in the accomplishments and successes of what will become a new and universally accessible year-round destination for outdoor recreation. We will review the work that will be done this year, talk about our future plans and, importantly, go for a hike on the beautiful site.
Beckett & Raeder, our contracted Design and Engineering firm, will be overseeing construction. This phase will involve creating access to the river for fishing, canoeing and kayaking; fishing platforms; development of an area for parking with paved ADA places; a unisex restroom; picnic tables and benches and much more. Construction of this phase will begin sometime this spring and is expected to be concluded in November this year.
HARP has a formal agreement in place with Homestead Township and the Village of Honor, a rare nonprofit/local government pact that cements the plans of the parties to manage the Park and cooperate and fully involve residents, visitors and all interest to properly develop the Park.
More information about HARP and the Park is available at http://www.restorehonor.org/.
(Lori Malmstrom, Randi Lyn Stoltz-Flynn, Paul Schulte, Bill Ward, Bruce Wildie, Ingemar Johansson, Bob Rosa, Peter Galopin)