Lakeshore park adds 80 acres


About 80 acres along the West Michigan lakeshore are being added to a park.

The land in Spring Lake Township was acquired through a property exchange and extends North Ottawa Dunes park in Ottawa County. Ottawa County Parks & Recreation said it contributed $400,000 from a millage.

The parcel will increase the size of the park to 593 acres.

It is along the eastern edge of the dunes and is surrounded by park on three sides. It is primarily back dune forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, eastern hemlock and red oak.

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation will survey the new property early this year and then mark trails during spring and summer.

The park is part of a freshwater dune system along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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