After years of design scenarios and public input sessions, Traverse City has released engineering drawings of a new downtown bayfront.
The plans are expected to be finalized in June. This month the city hosts a series of meetings to show off the drawings and see what the community thinks of the plan. Some of the ideas presented:
Years ago, the city capped an artesian well that runs underneath the Open Space. It's a lot of water that has been routed through a pipe into the marina. The plan now is to re-route that water into a shallow creek-like play area that children could run through and splash in.
There are still big questions about whether that water is safe or not, and whether the plan is even feasible.
There are also plans for a fishing pier jetting out into the bay from the Boardman River, and a walkway as wide as 18 feet.
The plans also call for an amphitheater area with a graded, natural grass seating and a place to set up temporary screens and stages. Because of some residents' concerns over noise - the plans call for performances to face out toward the bayfront.
The next step is to finalize the drawings into engineering plans, and to find money to start building.
Drawings are available on the city website.