Grand Haven to Charge for Parking at City Beach Lot
Those trekking to Grand Haven City Beach this summer may want to plan on paying for parking.
The Grand Haven Tribune reports that officials have put a plan in motion to charge for parking at the 61-space City Beach lot on "peak beach days".
Grand Haven City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to charge non-residents $10 to park in the lot on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during "nice weather". The lot had previously been free. Proceeds will go to the Save the Catwalk Fundraiser.
CIty residents won't have to pay, but they will need to get window stickers from City Hall. Residents are allowed one window sticker per residence.
According to the Grand Haven Tribune, Councilman Josh Brugger who proposed the idea to the council said,
“I think this is a great opportunity for the catwalk to raise an additional $15,000 to $20,000 over the course of the summer...
I love the idea of city of Grand Haven residents having a benefit that only they get by living here in the city of Grand Haven, and that's free parking at the beach.”
Brugger noted that there are other free parking spots near the waterfront and downtown for those who do not want to pay.
Mayor Geri McCaleb voted against the proposal, citing concerns for those who live in neighboring communities who come to use the beach:
"It's not very friendly to our township residents who come and use this space. If you live in Grand Haven Township or Robinson Township or Spring Lake Village, you don't qualify, so you’d have to pay.”
"I see what is trying to be done here, but I don't think it's going to work very well. I think it's going to create ill will.”