We don’t need RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis

I was surprised to read in the Jan. 9 edition of The Alpena News that the city has been exploring the possibility of developing an RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park.

Why am I surprised? Because about a year and a half to two years ago I attended an Alpena Municipal Council meeting to inquire about the city’s plan to develop such a park. Mostly, I was interested in asking questions about the council’s intent.

I did, however, state my viewpoint that the City of Alpena has limited shoreline along Thunder Bay. My concern is area residents will be shut out of an area that should be left open to the public.

At the end of my time allotment, I was satisfied that the council didn’t appear to be particularly interested in developing an RV Park. Apparently, that was wishful listening on my part. But I did observe some council members nodding their heads, in which I assumed was agreement with my point of view.

I must have read them incorrectly, as the city — at the council’s direction — has been quietly working for some time to develop an RV Park.

In The Alpena News’ story, Greg Sundin stated that staff believes the area is under utilized with only grass, some trees and horseshoe pits. What’s wrong with grass, trees, and a game of horseshoes? Open spaces are desirable, and the city should promote areas where children can play and adults can enjoy the view of Thunder Bay.

I encourage area residents to attend the Jan. 25 council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the APlex. The doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow people to look at preliminary designs and talk with staff.

Mary Bray