Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Scottville Adds Riverfront and Landfill Properties to Master Plan

landfill property
Mason County Landfill property
The City of Scottville, Michigan, voted Monday evening to pursue the purchase of Henry's Landing on the south side of the Pere Marquette River, and to develop the closed Mason County Landfill property for recreation.

Negotiations with the Henry family are ongoing and proceeding well. However, it is understood that the city must receive grant monies in order to complete the purchase.

The 135 acres owned by Scottville on its southwest corner, bordered by the river and First Street, are the site of the former county landfill. The topography of the area includes the sealed landfill mound, a number of small natural hills, and the steep bluff down to the river's edge. There are numerous wetlands with interesting plant materials in the flood plain. One can imagine many wonderful recreational possibilities for the site. Connections to Riverside Park via foot trails can easily be made, since the properties adjoin by climbing the bluff beyond the boat launch area. Vehicle access is currently restricted by a closed gate, but the former service drive off the bend in First Street would be a potential entrance site for vehicular traffic.

Improvements to Riverside Park and MacPhail Field are also included in the Master Recreation Plan.

by Joan H. Young
with material from the Ludington Daily News, "Scottville seeks purchase of Henry's Landing", Jan 22, 2008
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