TC Public Pier Project Kick-Off Workshop on October 22


city of traverse city logoTRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City is kicking-off the design process for the proposed Public Pier with an interactive public workshop to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in the 2nd floor Training Room of the Government Center, located at 400 Boardman Avenue.

This design study for a new public pier is funded through a grant from the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. The City has retained the professional services of SmithGroupJJR, of Ann Arbor, to complete the design study. The project includes a design process which engages the community, and studies which assess the feasibility, impacts, costs, and benefits of a new public pier. Should these studies determine that a public pier is feasible and advantageous to the community; the grant will fund the development of final design plans.

The idea of a public pier developed out of community-based planning efforts, including the “Your Bay, Your Say” Waterfront Master Plan and the more recent Traverse City Bayfront 2010 Plan. The potential pier is intended to provide public access into the bay, fishing opportunities previously available only to those with boats, learning opportunities about the environmental value, stewardship practices, and fish of the Bay; and a strong connection to the downtown.

The first workshop on October 22 will provide an opportunity for local residents to collaborate with the design team and city staff to help establish key goals and location considerations, and identify activities and amenities which could be part of a public pier in Traverse City. In November, a second workshop will be held to work with the community to develop specific design ideas for a pier.

As the project moves through the design phase, the City will be hosting five additional public meetings to continue to communicate the project’s status and progress.


The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

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