Weigh in on plans for Leelanau, Traverse City state parks | Local News

TRAVERSE CITY – State park planning is back on the public agenda after a pandemic-related delay.

Both Traverse City and Leelanau State Park were in the midst of updates to general management plans when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The public meetings scheduled for June 2020 have been canceled in order to set a new date. Now officials have set up the process to be completed online with draft management plans and public review meetings in video conferencing.

  • The virtual meeting at Leelanau State Park will take place on March 10th from 6pm to 7pm. Visit Michigan.gov/Leelanau to view a copy of the draft plan and to register for the GoToWebinar meeting. A video recording of the meeting will be released approximately a week later.
  • The Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park virtual meetup will be held on March 18, 6pm to 7pm. Visit Michigan.gov/TraverseCity to view a copy of the draft plan and to register for the GoToWebinar meeting. A video recording of the meeting will be released approximately a week later.

Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the Michigan Department of Parks and Natural Resource Recreation, said that “stakeholder meetings” began in November 2019 for the two state parks in the northwest corner of Lower Michigan.

Increased water levels on Lake Michigan led to several proposed changes in the parks.

Jensen said a camping road could potentially be realigned due to coastal erosion, and some campsites could also be moved to Leelanau State Park.

At Keith J. Charters’ Traverse City State Park, Jensen said beach changes are limited, but officials would like to consider options to provide more natural coastal areas that “can better accommodate changing water levels.”

Following the virtual meetings, an interactive survey on public contributions will be made available on the respective park pages in order to receive more detailed feedback on the individual design components.

Comments can also be shared by emailing [email protected] until March 30th.

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