Alpena Lions Club given Rockport State Park update

An update on Rockport State Park was provided to the Alpena Lions at their past meeting. Lion Bev Bodem introduced Carol Dodge Grochowski, the Friends of Rockport president, and Blake Gingrich, the Parks and Recreation supervisor.

The 4,300 acre park was created in 2012 and is slowly being developed. With the help of a landscape and architect class from Michigan State University, a plan has been designed.

The exciting news is that there now will be money for a site development plan to have a campground built. This campground will be located just north of the high bluffs and will be for rustic camping. The plan is to stay away from paving and use all natural materials.

The trails in the park have been mapped and marked, but the porcupines found the signs to be to their liking and have destroyed most of these signs.

Some trails are designated for hiking only, for horses only, for biking only and some are designated for use by both groups. There are 23.6 miles of trails so far and by using GPS technology theses trails can be followed.

New for this year will be a designated entrance off Rockport Road where a Recreation Passport will be needed before entering the park.

A highly successful event that happened last August was the XTERRA Rockport Rugged. It drew participants from as far away as San Francisco, Vancouver and Virginia. The planners looked for the rockiest, most difficult terrain to ride over and they came to Rockport for the event. Carol, as president of the Friends group, is always looking for volunteers and would welcome anyone who would want to join the group.

Lion Ken Dully announced that a blood drive either was or will be held on Feb. 14 at the First United Methodist Church.