Scholtz, 65, is retiring this summer after more than 30 years as the director of the county’s parks department.
The Ottawa County Parks Foundation has entered a purchase agreement for 16.5 acres of land, including 651 feet of riverfront in Georgetown Township, for $100,000.
Longtime Ottawa County parks chief John Scholtz is retiring this summer, but he doesn’t plan on retiring his love for enjoying the parks he has helped develop.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The dunes of West Michigan were once covered in abundant wildflowers, but a bloom in the deer population has caused much of that habitat to disappear.
The newest Ottawa County park is here to stay.
The Michigan Recreation and Park Association announced this week that Ottawa County Parks was awarded the 2018 Park Design award for Grand Ravines.
The Ottawa Sands park in Ferrysburg has drawn a lot of visitors since it opened in October, but the county is already looking ahead to big changes for the site.
Sign-up is full for the River Run, which is staged at the Connor Bayou County Park in Robinson Township, but tickets are still available for a post-race party with food and alcoholic beverages.
The 345-acre Ottawa Sands property in Ferrysburg was acquired through a partnership between Ottawa County Parks and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. It features a dune landscape with an 80-acre lake and views of the Grand River.
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation advises against displaying the wreaths, most of which are made from the non-native invasive oriental bittersweet plant that is taking a toll on the natural habitat.
CROCKERY TOWNSHIP — An Ottawa County trail system is 96 percent complete, and a fundraising campaign is aiming to carry it the rest of the way.
Riverside Park has suffered with invasive species and erosion, but state and federal grant funds will help the Ottawa County Parks improve wildlife habitat and recreation.
A new Ottawa County park featuring an 80-acre lake, dune trails and views of the Grand River and Lake Michigan will open to the public Oct. 15.
The 345-acre property is located between green space owned by the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and the county’s North Ottawa Dunes.