Pomona Park Fishing Pier Design
Village of Fruitport
Fruitport uses grants and volunteer labor to improve local park.
Pomona Park is home to the annual Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days celebration. Fruitport used local funds, state grants, and volunteer labor to improve the park and take advantage of its beautiful location on Spring Lake.
Phase 1 added a paved parking lot at the park’s boat launch ramp, with parking for 10 cars and 9 trailers. Construction was partially funded by a Coastal Management Grant from the DNR.
Phase 2 added a 50-foot boardwalk into Spring Lake, a fishing pier, and a path connecting the boardwalk with the parking lot. The boardwalk and platform are supported on 12-inch diameter steel piles, which are designed to withstand ice uplift. This project was also partially funded by a Coastal Management Grant from the DNR.
In Phase 3, local volunteers constructed a roof and cupola on the fishing platform. The Village purchased the majority of the materials for approximately $7,200. Engineering, labor, and additional materials were donated to make the project a reality. This phase included the addition of steel beams cantilevered from the steel support piles, which were installed by hand using the frozen lake as a work platform.
Prein&Newhof contributed the fishing pier design and volunteer coordination to this project.
Marine Engineer Matt Hulst, PE at (231) 798-0101