Marina Plan Stopped for Now

Grand River Park along the river on the city's west side.
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The plan to add boat slips and other amenities to Lansing's Grand River Park hit a snag Monday.

The Lansing City Council voted against allowing the city to apply for $500,000 from the state to help build the amenities.

In a committee meeting before Monday's council meeting, some residents and councilmembers expressed concern over the cost of the plan.

The city parks director says it could cost Lansing around $300,000 to pay for its share of building costs.

That money would come from Lansing's parks millage. Some say the money should only be used for neighborhood parks, not for regional attractions like a marina.

Opposition also came from the Lansing Boat Club and from some local water skiing enthusiasts worried that additional boat slips would force a no-wake zone along the river.

Mayor Virg Bernero had said such a regional attraction would draw more visitors to the city.

A spokesman for the mayor says building a marina is still a high priority for the city, but Lansing will likely miss the deadline to apply for the state funds.

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