Big gift helps Muskegon Heights improve city beach

Sand sharing at beaches

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MICH. - There are a number of recreational opportunities at the massive Mona Lake Park in Muskegon Heights.

Those opportunities include swimming. It's something Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm believes more people should know about.

The beach on the north shore and east end of Mona Lake is small -- in recent years it had become overrun with weeds, and few people went there to swim.

"Due to different reasons, the city kind of let it go a little bit," said Eckholm.

Now, thanks to 30-truck loads of sand, the beach is again in good shape. "That is why we are tying to get the word out," said Eckholm.

The sand was a gift from the city of Muskegon.

"They allowed us to come and truck in sugar sand from Pere Marquette and lay it out here," said Eckholm.

Sand is something the city of Muskegon has an abundance of at Pere Marquette Beach.

To compliment the beach improvements Muskegon Heights also removed overgrown vegetation. "You had all them weeds up and you couldn't see nothing, and you couldn't even fish at the dock," said Ralph Lee Coe of Muskegon Heights.

The shore of Mona Lake is now accessible to anglers.

"It is nice out here now," said Coe.

"We are trying to create an environment where people can be successful," said Eckholm.

The city will not have lifeguards stationed at the beach, it's a swim at your own risk beach. Next summer, Muskegon Heights hopes to offer swimming lesson to kids at the beach and make additional improvements to the shore of Mona Lake.

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