Hancock Council approves several actions for city’s recreation area

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette The beach bathroom building is part of previous improvement projects at the Hancock recreation area and complies with ADA regulations. Now the city is planning to make the campground bathrooms ADA compliant.

HANCOCK — The City Council on Wednesday approved measures impacting the Hancock recreation area in coming months.

The council unanimously approved a 2018 increase in Hancock campground rates. The $22 a day for a 50-amp, waterfront or water equipped site will now be $25. Regular RV sites went from $20 to $22. Tent sites increased from $14 to $15.

This change follows record campground usage during 2017, a repeat increase from the previous year. Even with the increase, the campground would be less expensive than others in the area and the state parks, according to Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson.

“If you add that all together it’s still a bargain,” said Anderson.

To improve the campground in question, the council voted to pursue a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Passport Grant to make bathroom and shower improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The grant would be for $75,000 and contribute to the estimated improvement cost of $115,000.

“We are also, for the first time, going to make the beach dock and the beach area ADA compliant as well. … The last missing piece has been the bathrooms and the shower area of the campground,” Anderson said.

The improvements are part of the council’s five-year plan, and because there is potential funding available, Anderson recommended doing them now.

The beach dock project has already received Department of Environmental Quality approval, he said, and the plans are ready to be finalized with the DNR.

The council also updated the status of the Trail Wayfinding sign project. The Pedestrian Bike Committee has been working to establish funding for formal pedestrian bike signage in the city, which the recreation commission has approved.

The project is intended to clear up confusion for visitors by clearly marking routes such as the location of the DNR trailhead. The project may have multi-year funding, though the development is still ongoing.