UNION LAKE BOAT LAUNCH SITE UPDATE Today I spoke with Ron Olson, Chief Parks and Recreation Michigan DNR, and received the following update. He confirmed that the current
site is a dangerous situation with parking across Union Lake Rd. and this was the reason for purchasing the new site (Aggressive Marine, next to Matter of Taste) to have parking contiguous to the
launch ramp. He confirmed that the DNR will not keep the old site open or active after the new one is completed. The current site has 33 parking slips and the new one will have approximately 20
so there will be approximately 13 less parking spots available. He stated that because of the dangerous situation with the old site they would have to live with this reduction even though their goal
would be to keep the 33 they currently have. A Study and Design project is currently in process and should be done within the next couple of months. Construction funding will be reviewed but he
thinks this will be a priority item for funding since it is over 5 years old now. Hopefully construction will start this spring. The current lakeside site will be offered to Commerce Township first
at Fair Market Value, if Commerce wants it for a small a park and has funding. The parking lot property across Union Lake Rd. will probably be listed for sale. I'm not sure what the current zoning
is. My personal opinion is that the reduction of 13 less boats on the lake is probably a good thing for lakefront owners.