Filer Township will host an Open House to receive public input on access improvements for their Magoon Creek Natural Area on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Filer Township Hall. Representatives from the firm Spicer Group will be present to discuss the initial concept plan for the site that has been prepared to date based on public input.

The plan would create universal access to Lake Michigan along with other amenities, with funding to be sought with the help of the Alliance for Economic Success through a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant application. If funded, the project would become the 22nd Explore the Shores project, a program created in 2008 to provide access for people of all ages, needs and abilities to enjoy the County’s bounty of water resources.

The 97‐ acre Magoon Creek Natural Area overlooks spectacular Lake Michigan and is a common summer destination for beach-goers. It has a variety of hiking and ski trails, picnic facilities and annually supports student projects involving the aquatic environment of Magoon Creek and surrounding area.

“We believe the Magoon Creek project can be an ideal site to improve an already great destination for residents and visitors in Filer Township,” said Filer Township Supervisor Terry Walker. “Creating ways for everyone to enjoy the Natural Area is simply a win-win for all of us. We’re hoping for a good turnout on February 27 so the site plan can be fine-tuned in preparation for the grant application which must be submitted by April 1.

“Explore the Shores projects are identified and developed through local recreation plans and local interests,” said Tim Ervin, Alliance for Economic Success. “We currently have Lake Michigan Explore the Shores sites in Arcadia Township, Onekama Township, Manistee Township and the City of Manistee. We agree with Filer Township that this would be a great addition.”

Since 2008, over $9 million in grants and charitable contributions have been secured from over 24 sources to develop Explore the Shores sites in the County, Funding partners have included private foundations, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, grants through the Department of Natural Resources and others. Funding has been used to create universally accessible access to Lake Michigan, fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, angler paths, children’s play areas, fishing platforms, scenic overlooks and others. All projects must be locally supported and maintained.