Great progress is being made to the build of the beach retaining wall at Lake Antoine Park! Trenching has been done, footers have been poured, and several courses of brick have been laid. The beach IS OPEN during construction, but for the safety of our patrons, we encourage you to stay out of the construction area.
The goal for the retaining wall is to keep the lawn from encroaching onto the beach. There was a retaining wall on the beach in the past, but it was removed instead of being repaired. We’ve lost so much beach as a result, and the geese just loved the ability to waddle up onto the grass to do their thing.
We are widening the beach to 25’ and adding fresh sand, as well as clearing out all of the weeds growing in the sand. The retaining wall will be low - a sitting wall. Just high enough to discourage the geese and maintain a clean separation between the lawn and the beach. We are also making the beach accessible to people with mobility challenges.
We are excited about preserving the beach for generations to come. Many people and businesses have donated to help make this a reality!
Two benches for the accessible pathway have been ordered. Made of recycled plastic, these benches keep thousands of plastic items out of our landfills. Go Green!
The wellspring project is nearly complete. The water source has been raised, and a safe access built. Thank you TJP GENERAL CONSTRUCTION! Moisture-loving plants are now growing next to the pump house. We are adding gravel to level the access way, a bench for a quick rest, and an infographic that explains what an artesian well is and how it works. A few added details to the pump house, and then we are ready to start on another project!
UPDATE: gravel is on site. Needs to be spread, but see photo.
Thank you to the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce for spotlighting the news and developments of recent months from the Lake Antoine Park Partners!
It is with great pleasure we announce that we have received the full amount requested for our "Lake Antoine Park Beach Accessibility Enhancements" project from Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Agency (CUPPAD).
We will need to match the $4,500 grant 1:1, so we appreciate your continued financial support. With this grant and your support, we will be able to make Lake Antoine Beach accessible to people with mobility challenges.
The donation line (Become a Partner) is still open!
Look for big changes at Lake Antoine this summer!
The Artesian Spring project is progressing. Thank you to Superior Steel for the roofing material, Habitat for Humanity for the paint, and Joe, Kevin and others, for painting and roofing the well house. More to come as final paint goes up on the walls and door.
TJP General Contracting LLC will complete their portion of the project very soon! Then we will bring in The Scouts, who will spend some time cleaning up the area. It should be really nice and much easier access to the water!