E-Letter – Giving Tuesday

South Bay

Giving Tuesday Update

November 26, 2017

By now you have probably seen and heard about “Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan”! Last year, this world day of giving helped our local Community Foundation raise over $50,000 for nonprofits in our community by tapping into the holiday giving season. Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year “Giving Tuesday” is on November 28-just two days from today!!

As you know, South Bay will be participating in this year’s giving event through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and hope you will support South Bay by donating!  Our current activities include extending the Alpena Bi-Path from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road and development of a welcome center and park near the 45th Parallel. We have identified two different routes for the Bi-Path Extension and a parcel of private property near the 45th Parallel of which the owner is interested in selling! The services we provide to Northeast Michigan will benefit our local citizens and increase tourism. On November 28 there is potential to create a huge amount of support for our organization in a 24-hour period.

You can help by visiting the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnem.org/givingtuesday on November 28 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Look for South Bay and click on it to make your Giving Tuesday gift. And if you’re on Facebook, please look for our posts about Giving Tuesday and like, comment, and share to help us spread the word about this great opportunity to give where we live!

Wishing you all the best in this season of giving!

Thank you!

Larry Clark

President

South Bay

 

larry_clark@outlook.com

www.southbayalpena.org

Facebook: South Bay Alpena

989-464-9047

SOUTH BAY RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

SOUTH BAY

RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

October 20, 2017

 

The South Bay Steering Committee has been busy! Following are the basics regarding the major projects we are working on:

 

  • 45th Parallel Park Potential Site
    • 25 acres located at the southeast corner of US 23 and South Partridge Point Rd. The owner is willing to sell the property at cost for the development of a welcome center, park, trails, and boardwalk to Squaw Bay!

 

  • Bi-Path Extension
    • Planning meeting with RS Scott & Associates resulted in preference for a location along an Alpena Township property easement south of Island Drive to a location along US 23 east of Pohl Road. The Bi-Path could then extend south along a power company and MDOT right of way to South Partridge Point Road.
    • We are also exploring taking the Bi-Path south from Island Drive all the way to South Partridge Point Rd. along township easements, thereby staying away from the busy US 23 roadway!
    • Furthermore, we are working on developing a new trail from Island Dr. along Harbor Dr. and north behind the old Kmart building on power company right-of-way to Michigan Ave. and on to Mich-e-ke-wis Park. This would enable bikers and walkers to have the option of avoiding US 23 South in Alpena Township where the speed limits are higher than the city. Or they could cruise a loop from Mich-e-ke-wis Park to Island Dr. along US 23 South, east along Island Dr., and north along Harbor Dr. Then, they could go behind the commercial properties and through woods and along residential streets back to Mich-e-ke-wis!
    • Also, we are working with US 23 North businesses to complete a section from Sunset Boulevard to the Northeastern State Trail. Walkers and bikers could then travel from the Mackinac Bridge to Squaw Bay someday!

 

  • Partridge Point Park
    • Gravel resurfacing project delayed as DNR Forestry Division did not have enough personnel due to fighting forest fires out West
    • We have recently received a commitment from Goodrich for additional gravel
    • “No Litter” sign has been purchased and needs to be installed
    • Gary Parteka volunteered to build a picnic table next spring
    • DNR approved a 24”x 24” sign at the entrance to Frog Lane at a cost of $32
    • DNR also approved two 18” x 120” signs in cooperation with MDOT at a cost of $675 x2=$1,350
      • “Billboard” permit needs to be submitted to MDOT
      • We will pay for the signs as the DNR does not have the money in its budget

 

  • New steering committee members
    • We are proud to announce that we have three new steering committee members:
      • Kari Bleau-Alpena Township Clerk
      • Jackie Krawczek- President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
      • Katie Wolf- Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

They join Hal Neiman, Brian Winter, Bob Young, Bernie Lamp, Gary Parteka, Don Duv

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan

South Bay

November 7, 2017

 

Have you heard of “Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan”? Last year, this world day of giving helped our local Community Foundation raise over $50,000 for nonprofits in our community by tapping into the holiday giving season. Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year “Giving Tuesday” is on November 28.

 

We are thrilled to be participating in this giving event through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and hope you will support South Bay by donating!  Our current activities include extending the Alpena Bi-Path from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road and development of a welcome center and park near the 45th Parallel. The services we provide to Northeast Michigan will benefit our local citizens and increase tourism. On November 28 there is potential to create a huge amount of support for our organization in a 24-hour period.

You can help by visiting the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnem.org/givingtuesday on November 28 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Look for South Bay and click on it to make your Giving Tuesday gift. And if you’re on Facebook, please look for our posts about Giving Tuesday and like, comment, and share to help us spread the word about this great opportunity to give where we live!

Wishing you all the best in this season of giving!

 

Thank you!

Larry Clark

President

South Bay

larry_clark@outlook.com

www.southbayalpena.org

Facebook: South Bay Alpena

989-464-9047

SOUTH BAY E-LETTER UPDATE 09-18-2017

SOUTH BAY

E-LETTER UPDATE

RECREATIONAL PROJECT STATUS

September 18, 2017

 

Your South Bay Steering Committee has been busy! Following are the basics regarding the major projects we are working on currently:

 

  • 45th Parallel Park Potential Site
    • 25 acres located at the southeast corner of US 23 and South Partridge Point Rd.

 

  • Bi-Path Extension
    • Planning meeting with RS Scott & Associates resulted in preference for a location along an Alpena Township property easement south of Island Drive to a location along US 23 east of Pohl Road. The Bi-Path could then extend south along a power company and MDOT right of way to South Partridge Point Road.
    • Are working with US 23 North businesses to complete a section from Sunset Boulevard to the Northeastern State Trail. Walkers and bikers could then travel from the Mackinac Bridge to Squaw Bay someday!

 

  • Partridge Point Park
    • Gravel resurfacing project delayed as DNR Forestry Division did not have enough personnel due to fighting forest fires out West
    • We have recently received a commitment from Goodrich for additional gravel
    • “No Litter” sign has been purchased and needs to be installed
    • Gary Parteka volunteered to build a picnic table next spring
    • DNR approved a 24”x 24” sign at the entrance to Frog Lane at a cost of $32
      • Don volunteered to complete the appropriate county permit application
    • DNR also approved two 18” x 120” signs in cooperation with MDOT at a cost of $675 x2=$1,350
      • “Billboard” permit needs to be submitted to MDOT
      • We will pay for the signs as the DNR does not have the money in its budget
    • New steering committee members
      • We are proud to announce that we have three new steering committee members:
        • Kari Bleau-Alpena Township Clerk
        • Jackie Krawczek- President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
        • Katie Wolf- Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
      • They join Hal Neiman, Brian Winter, Bob Young, Bernie Lamp, Gary Parteka, Don Duval, and Larry Clark

SOUTH BAY NEWS!!

June 5, 2017

SOUTH BAY NEWS!

1) The bike path effort reaches $60,000 goal!

2) Alpena Township chipping in

3) This is our 5th clean-up. Let’s not skip it! 

Some of us have been working very hard lately (that would be Larry) and the fruits of those labors are beginning to sprout. Here’s what you need to know: 

  1. South Bay has raised enough money to fund the bike path pre-engineering study.

This is an enormous milestone for the community which, through grants and just plain donations, including great support from Alpena Township, has pushed South Bay over its required $60,000 match for the pre-engineering, design, and survey work on the bike path extension from Island Drive to South Partridge Point Road. (We will provide a complete list of donors in the next E-letter.) With the help of R.S. Scott Engineering, which has completed a scope of work for the project, we hope to include a meandering pathway (not a straight line) that might venture behind a few trees, include a bridge or two, a couple of benches, and be a pretty, scenic ride.

The pre-engineering study, it must be emphasized, is only for the bike path extension. Once on the path, bikers or walkers could use either North Partridge Point Road (paved) or South Partridge Point Road (not paved) to get to “Frog Lane,” a little roadway South Bay and the DNR have rebuilt to connect Partridge Point Road to a small parking area. From there, it is possible to access the shoreline. Eventually (maybe yet this summer) it is our plan to install a couple of picnic tables and a kayak launch at this area, which the DNR wants to call “Partridge Point Park.” The road re-build needs just a bit more gravel; the DNR has indicated it will finish that. Next comes a sign or two, and we’ll be ready for a “grand opening.”

The hoped-for 45th Parallel Park project –along US-23 near the 45th Parallel sign at Squaw Bay –  hit a number of obstacles, but that’s not unusual. Finding the right spot of land acceptable to MDOT, the DEQ, and the DNR, and getting a governmental entity to take ownership of the park is no easy task. Larry continues to work on this.

  1. Alpena Township is helping out:

Alpena Township contributed $8,000 of the $60,000 we needed for the bike path pre-engineering study, including $3,000 from 2016-17 and $5,000 from 2017-18 fiscal years. That’s a big step forward. The township and South Bay have also signed a “Letter of Understanding” that with those contributions South Bay agrees to provide regular updates, invoices, and photos of the work.

  1. This is our 5th Annual Clean-up. Let’s do it!:

MDOT’s US-23 resurfacing caused us to postpone our annual clean-up, and energy may be flagging to get it done this year. Still, if we don’t sweep out the driveways and pick up some litter this year it will be twice as bad next.

So… what do you say? Can we set aside a Saturday, or even half a one, to show up and clean up in 2017? We’ll get right back to you with a date!

 

South Bay Raises Funds for the Alpena Bi-Path Extension

Bi-Path Extension-Project Summary

ALPENA BI-PATH EXTENSION

PROJECT SUMMARY

Hi! My name is Larry Clark, President of South Bay- a community immediately south of the city of Alpena, Michigan- located in Alpena Township along US 23 and Lake Huron! We are an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to improve the appearance, economic vitality, and recreational amenities along the major gateway into Northeast Michigan. This will benefit the entire area with increased business activity and wellness opportunities derived from parks and recreation. We are working on the area from the Alpena city limits to beautiful Squaw Bay on Lake Huron, but this effort focuses on all Northeast Michigan!

 

Our organization began in 2011 when a group of local citizens started picking up trash during their walks on US 23. We joined forces with a group of local business people who were meeting to discuss the future of the area. Together we developed a vision of cleaning up, eliminating blight, improving economic vitality, and adding non-motorized trails and parks for the benefit of all Northeast Michigan.

 

Since that time over 200 volunteers have completed major highway cleanups each spring, painted houses and businesses, trimmed weeds, placed flower pots along the highway, and improved access to a natural area on Squaw Bay. The result has been an improved appearance, reduced blight, increased community involvement, and several new businesses locating here!

Additionally, two classes of students from Michigan State University and a Landscape Architect, Beckett & Raeder, worked on site to provided studies regarding a new streetscape, economic development, and parks and non-motorized trails along this Northeast Michigan gateway. These studies were funded by a generous community donating over $37,000 during a major fundraiser!!

 

Extensive planning and design work by Beckett and Raeder and Michigan State University, supplemented by numerous meetings with area stakeholders and four Public Input Sessions, recommended the addition of recreational amenities at Squaw Bay-a beautiful pristine bay on Lake Huron in Northeast Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. These recreational amenities will eventually consist of two parks on Squaw Bay with kayak launches and non-motorized trail access to the area and beyond!

 

Currently we are ready to begin implementation of the plans starting with extending the current  Alpena Bi-Path. The Alpena Bi-Path measures 18.5 miles as it winds through the city from the northwest to the southeast, creating various loops until it continues along US 23 South in Alpena Township to its terminus at Island Drive. It is actively used by tourists and residents alike and the extension, with access to Squaw Bay on Lake Huron, will increase its usage by providing access to Squaw Bay on Lake Huron!

The 1.15 mile Alpena Bi-Path Extension will enable walkers and bikers to continue south to either North or South Partridge Point Road where they can do the loop around the Partridge Point Peninsula. Or they can go to the improved Partridge Point Park where they can access the beach on Squaw Bay of Lake Huron via the easternmost entrance to the area, which locals call “Frog Lane”. The DNR Forestry Division took out permits recently to install two new culverts in the driveway leading to the easternmost parking area on their land at the southeast tip of Partridge Point. Through a joint volunteer effort involving the DNR and local businesses and residents, access has been improved for this beautiful natural area for walkers, bicyclists, and vehicles.

 

Phase II of construction, later, will consist of extending the Alpena Bi-Path further south to a new park and welcome center at the 45th Parallel. Thereafter the Bi-Path will be extended further around Squaw Bay extending to Sanborn Township to the south. Ultimately a continuous trail is planned south to Oscoda which will close the remaining open section between Standish and Mackinac City!

 

This addition of bike paths coupled with the new parks and other improvements on the US 23 South Corridor will benefit all Northeast Michigan by the addition of recreational amenities, providing new jobs in the area through new business startups, and providing more incentives for residents and tourists to get outside and take advantage of a beautiful natural area right here in our back yard!

Phase II of construction will consist of extending the Alpena Bi-Path further south to the new park at the 45th Parallel, and further south around Squaw Bay extending to Sanborn Township. Ultimately a continuous trail is planned south to Oscoda which will close the remaining open section in Northeast Michigan between Standish and Mackinac City!

 

Pre-engineering, design, and survey costs required for this project total $60,000 as quoted by RS Scott Associates. This is a necessary step prior to the submission of State of Michigan grant applications beginning April 1, 2018. The work will recommend a route with the appropriate drainage, culverts, bridges, photo opportunities, pre-engineering, surveys, design, easements, bench location, split rail fencing, rain gardens, and so on.

 

We at South Bay are requesting your support for this beautiful recreational amenity for all of us in Northeast Michigan! This non-motorized trail will benefit tourists and residents; with its potential for health and wellness, school trips, nature tours, picnicking, fossil hunting, bird watching, and many others! Also, please consider getting involved and volunteering!

 

This addition of non-motorized trails coupled with the new parks and other improvements on the US 23 South Corridor will benefit all Northeast Michigan by the addition of recreational amenities, providing new jobs in the area, and providing more incentives for residents and tourists to get outside and take advantage of a beautiful natural area right here in our back yard!

A very special place