Houghton to post draft of rec plan

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The two sides of Nara Nature Park are seen bisected by U.S. 41. Creating a bridge or tunnel to connect the parts is an item in the draft of Houghton’s recreation plan, which will be posted to the city website in December.

HOUGHTON — A draft of Houghton’s recreation plan will be available on the city’s website in early December.

The council set a public hearing for the plan for its Jan. 9 meeting. The plan will be posted to the city’s website 30 days prior to the meeting.

The recreation plan, also a chapter of the city’s master plan, was set by the Planning Commission Tuesday. Unlike the rest of the master plan, the recreation plan needs to be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR requires parts of the plan when applying for grant funding or to receive a Pure Michigan Trail town designation.

Projects included in the plan included:

• $2 million to establish a gathering place for community events with a fishing pier at Huron Street, expected to be complete by 2020.

• $1.5 million to connect the two sides of the Nara Nature Park with a bridge or tunnel crossing U.S. 41, expected to be complete by 2022.

• $1 million to relocate the snowmobile trail to establish a four-season trail, expected to be complete by 2021.

• $1 million to connect to the Sharon Avenue bike lane with a trail along Huron Creek, expected to be complete in 2022.