Council of Michigan Foundations Member Spotlight: Rotary Charities

Former Coal Dock Turned Waterfront Park With Support From Rotary Charities of Traverse City

Published October 24, 2016
Discovery Pier, Traverse City’s newest waterfront attraction, is now open to the public thanks to a $1 million grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City.Rotary

Once a dock used to transport coal, the site is now home to four water-based nonprofit organizations and offers pristine waterfront views along the famous M-22 highway. While Traverse City is known for its waterfront and tourism, early needs assessment work for Discovery Pier and the Discovery Center demonstrated great demand for public access to Grand Traverse Bay.

“It’s a chance to share a bit of Michigan history and offer access to the water,” Rotary Camps and Services Trustee, Bob Stowe, said. “We’re hoping people will walk or ride to the pier and see the area from a different perspective. The pier will be a recreational anchor for the public.”

According to the Discovery Center and Pier website, with the Pier, the Discovery Center will be able to expand the Discovery Center’s water-based experiential learning programs for families and other community groups, provide more waterfront access and affordable or free activities, and nurture a community-wide attitude of stewardship of the Great Lakes.


See the feature of the Council of Michigan Foundation’s website by clicking here.