This past Tuesday a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held and Traverse City residents and visitors were finally introduced to the the new Waterscape park and pavilion at Clinch Beach.
As downtown Traverse City residents for two years and counting, and frequent day-trippers around the greater #NWMI region, we often wondered why the beach nearest our beloved city hub was one of the few we’d encountered that was absent a park. While this latest development didn’t involve installation of the swing-sets this thirty-something is still prone to joining the kids on, it did even better by way of a refreshing splash zone for our youngsters to cool off under during these hot Summer days (re: instant play-date for Jackson). 🙂
New Clinch Park features include a waterfall, splash pad, ropes course, modern merry-go-round, new patio and concession stand, changing rooms, and a well-lit, terraced, grassy lawn – all adjacent to the existing beach, marina, fishing pier and (remodeled) kayak rental shop we already enjoyed. A revamped tunnel affords downtown patrons better-lit passage into the park, emptying just steps from the up-coming Traverse City Film Festival theater addition, Bijou by the Bay.
Some of the finer details we noticed (and appreciate) include a water bottle refill station, a foot rinse, rubberized concrete, and a timeline of the area’s history etched into pavers along the path between the pedestrian tunnel and marina.
While the water features were temporarily turned off during our visit Tuesday evening, rumor has it they are now operational again, thanks to the city waiving the usual 10-day testing period (attributed to confidence in the park’s “high-quality filtration components”). This, of course, means that there will be another venture downtown in our near future, (hopefully) just ahead of this weekend’s National Cherry Festival goers. 😉
Many thanks to the contributors and organizations that made this wonderful new park possible! It’s one more display of the local pride and sense of community that brought us to Traverse City.
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