Riverside kayak park on target to open in fall

COLOMA — Hagar Township is expected to break ground on a new park in a couple of weeks.

Township Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio reports that the Riverside Kayak Park should be open by early fall.

The 7-acre park, along Coloma Road, will sit on a former landfill just east of exit 4 on I-196. The 112-acre former landfill, owned by Hagar Township, had been designated as a conservation district in 1993, so the township couldn’t do anything commercial or residential to it.

Developing the site into a park was part of the township’s larger park plan that was developed in 2016.

“This kayak launch will be a destination for paddlers from the Watervliet-Coloma area and should provide an increase in tourism and revenue for the area Hagar Township merchants,” DiMaggio said.

The park will consist of two levels.

The upper level will include a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, grills, vault restrooms, asphalt paved ingress and egress off Coloma Road with lockable gates, paved parking and overhead lighting.

The lower level will feature an asphalt paved driveway, with a lockable gate at the top, which will lead down to a driveway loop with parking. The park will feature an 85-foot elevated boardwalk over the wetland, leading to floating dock and floating kayak launch on the Paw Paw River, with overhead security lighting.

All amenities will be ADA compliant.

The park will cost about $500,000. Township officials say they will not have to use any general funds for the project.

In late 2017, the park was granted $300,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Riverside Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will provide the rest of the funds.

“Without the DDA, the project would never have proceeded to start construction,” DiMaggio said.

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