TAWAS CITY – A roughly $4.5 million project at Tawas City Shoreline Park is ready to be opened and enjoyed by the public, following the numerous enhancements which were made to the pier.

A ribbon cutting has been scheduled to celebrate the opening of the pier, and it will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The park is located at 429 W. Lake St. (US-23), and attendees will be meeting at the foot of the pier.

“This project has been in the works since the spring of 2017 when we began the condition assessment on the pier and we’re so excited that it’s finally completed and can safely be reopened to the public,” stated Tawas City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Westcott.

As has been reported, the structure – which previously measured 450 feet long – was deteriorating, in need of significant restoration and was no longer safe for use.

Foth Infrastructure & Environment representatives advised that the pier was built in multiple phases in the mid-1900s. Prior to this recent rehabilitation project, the last time any major work was completed on the pier was in the 1970s.

But the upgrades which have since been made include creating new docking sites for boaters, as well as expanding, stabilizing and enhancing the structure, which will provide for safer fishing and viewing.

It was in August 2020 when the Tawas City Council awarded the construction contract to Great Lakes Dock and Materials, and $3,589,949 of the project cost is being covered with Community Development Block Grant funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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