- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Work is underway on a roughly $1.1 million project to transform the waterfront parks in downtown Muskegon.

Muskegon County is investing $710,000 in a handicap-accessible playground, fishing bridge and kayak launch at the new Rotary Park, located on two acres of land formerly owned by the YMCA, The Muskegon Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1WwBdCO ) reported. The playground was installed Monday and is set to open later this summer along with the rest of the park.

At Heritage Landing, an outdoor concert venue, $243,000 is being used to create a dock that will allow cruise ships to stop several times this summer.

“The concrete has been poured and the dock is there,” said Muskegon County Community Development Director Bob Lukens.

The venue also will get a new ticket booth worth $128,150 and about $80,700 in electric and water upgrades to better support food trucks and musical acts.

“There have been some major improvements going on,” said Muskegon County Commissioner Bob Scolnik. “I think it’s fantastic. … This is all really good news.”

A second phase of development, which would include a restroom facility, is planned for Rotary Park. Officials hope to collect about $5,000 in donations to repaint the flagpole and plant new trees at Heritage Landing.

Muskegon County could also seek a $2.5 million grant for improvements at the Port of Muskegon.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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