JENISON — Many thanks to an nameless gift to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation, the county parks section will make a 40-foot-large “tree property” at Grand Ravines County Park.
“The Ottawa County Parks Foundation was established with the hope that we could assistance provide ‘the margin of excellence’ for our parks methods,” stated Parks Basis President Bobbi Jones Sabine. “We are so thankful for this reward, which will make it attainable to produce an inspiring, enriching link to nature and to these ravines.”
The tree house will be situated off the Idema Explorers Path route and will serve as an forget about to the ravine.
The tree house will be focused to Bea Aldrink Idema, “in recognition of her adore for mother nature, education, and owning exciting,” a news launch from the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission mentioned. “The north ravines property is deeply connected to Bea and her family members.”
The engineering work on the tree household will start off this spring, the parks commission declared, with development work starting later this year.
The tree residence will be situated at the stop of a new 100-foot, elevated boardwalk through the forest as the land starts off to descend into the ravine. The tree home alone, crafted with a rustic layout, will be perched on the edge of the ravine among the the trees, supplying viewers the “tree-major” perspective of the ravine.
“The Tree Dwelling style and design came from sketches sitting down in the drawer of our Coordinator of Park Preparing and Growth, Curt TerHaar, that he initial worked on in 2013,” reported Ottawa County Parks Commission President Kelly Rice.
“We are so appreciative of our donor and our Parks Foundation for permitting us to choose a fanciful paper sketch from dream to reality. Via this generosity, future generations will have a exclusive and magical knowledge in the ravines.”
The ravine system that stretches from together the western bank of the Grand River from Ottawa Creek in Allendale Township to Willow Creek in Georgetown Township is one of Ottawa County’s “most important organic features,” in accordance to the Michigan Pure Capabilities Stock.
As section of the tree dwelling job, the parks commission will also expand parking and amenities at the Grand Ravines Forget about parking region along the north entrance push for Grand Ravines, off 42nd Avenue.