Ontonagon five-year rec plan open for review

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette The view from Lake Superior Public Beach, an area of previous renovation with proposed plans for ADA-compliant beach access improvements in 2021.

ONTONAGON — The village’s latest five-year recreation plan is now available to the public and for comment, so now is the time for public review before the upcoming public hearing of the plans.

The hearing itself will take place in mid-January, said Village Manager Joseph Erickson.

The stated goal of these plans is to improve on recreation areas. Projects in the five-year plan are considered top priorities with methods for funding.

The village recreation projects include several different plans typically involving facility improvement.

In 2018, $15,000 is proposed for replacing signage, picnic tables benches, maps and trash bins. The remodel will be funded by grants and money from the General Fund.

In 2019, plans are in the works to repair the East Pier sidewalk and beach access areas a $50,000 project.

The Village Marina Recreation projects include repainting docks and piers in 2018. This is a $10,000 project to be paid for using Marina funds.

In 2019 pump-out stations will be replaced, while fuel pumps will be replaced in 2020.

Shower and restroom renovations are coming as well, but not until 2021.

Finally, the larger-scale plans are township recreation projects.

In 2018 improvements are proposed for rental cabins and the playground.

In 2019 parking areas could be expanded with a few picnic tables and beach changing facilities and parking reworking are sketched in for 2020.

The full draft of the recreation plan will be available online and copies can be picked up at the village office. Comments and questions will be taken at the upcoming public hearing before the recreation draft is finalized.