There are now four docks around the new 40' swim beach at Blanche Lake Park.
The restroom was re-opened in the spring of 2013.
Two new players benches were installed in spring 2013, along with bleachers.
This park is located on Park Drive just off of east State Road across from the Grant Elementary School. Blanche Lake is great for fishing, whether from the 6' by 36' dock (3 additional docks added in May) or from a boat. The improved boat launch is available and is making it much easier to get boats in and out of the lake. We received approval on the permit to create a new forty foot swim beach to the east of the boat launch, and that work was complete late last summer. We have most recently added L.E.D. lights and surveillance cameras throughout Blanche Lake Park. In May 2013, two new 15' player benches were installed at the ballfield as well as a set of used bleachers for spectators. The City of Grant just had a $56,000 grant request approved for the construction of an amphitheatre at the Park. Details are available under the News and Information page.
In 2009, the City brought in PLM Lake and Land Management to conduct a survey of Blanche Lake and make recommendations of management strategies to improve the lake over time. If you have been down to Blanche Lake since early September, you will clearly notice two large sections of cattails have been sprayed by PLM through the permit process and subsequently cut down. We remain hopeful to find some funding source to partner with so that we can make a significant lake restoration effort in the future for generations to enjoy. Families and visitors should have a clean restroom to use when visiting the lake. If you notice anything on the Blanche Lake Park grounds requiring immediate attention, please e-mail theDepartment of Public Worksor phone them directly at (231) 834-7462 to let them know about your concern. Any complaints made to the City Office should be done using the City's complaint form that must be signed and returned to the City of Grant offices. Please note that anonymous complaints cannot be received or properly resolved. The DPW checks parks once each day, so any concerns found in the afternoon/evening should be reported immediately to the link above or calling (231) 834-7462.
For many years there have been both upper and lower trails available to use at Blanche Lake Park. Over the past two years, with help from the Lead Out Group (collaboration between Grant High School, Grant Middle School, Hope College and led by Tricia Schuitema), the lower trail now loops completely around! In short, two years in a row we have had the opportunity to host a group of over a dozen high school and middle school students for a better part of a school day. While one large group helped to blaze the new trail loop and haul out brush, smaller groups painted picnic tables, rakes the upper trails from one end to the other, and cleaned up park grounds. We are hopeful to continue with these efforts to clean up and smooth out the trails in the coming years, and maybe one day we can put down wood chips along the lower trail.
Water Tower Park
The City of Grant's Water Tower Park is located in the center of the downtown business district along M-37, and while driving by you cannot miss it. The park features one of the last two historic wooden water towers remaining in the entire State of Michigan, an original Chessie System Caboose, decorative landscaping, picnic tables and park benches. A special thanks is given to the Fremont Area Community Foundation for their generous grant which made this entire project possible, as well as Milt Barr of Grant Welding, and Rich Ulrich of Detail Painting for their generous contributions to the project.
The Historic Wooden Water Tower is now home at Water Tower Park. This wonderful project would not be possible without the generous grant funding from The Fremont Area Community Foundation and many generous donations.
The roof was restored and both donor plaques were placed, listing the names of every person who donated to make the project possible. The caboose was repainted, and the Chessie System logo was hand-painted separately. City of Grant taxpayer dollars spent on this project was $132.00.
The Michigan Registry of Historic Places approved the plaque in December 2010, and once it was finished, it was placed in the park to celebrate this historic community treasure.
Located 2 blocks off of M-37: Main Street to Lake Street, right to Brink Street, and left at Harold. The exact address is 85 Harold. "Know Your Limits, and Skate Within Them!" We have installed a state-of-the-art surveillance camera(software does not support Mozilla Firefox web brower) at the Skate Park, so please remind those using the park to abide by all of the rules, and that we can see them from great distances. Tickets will be issued for littering, so remember to always use the trash receptacles. Also, visitors are strongly discouraged from bringing any questionable substances into the park. All activity is regularly and closely monitored, and we want to ensure all of our visitors have an enjoyable experience. Please remember to stay out of the path of other users, and stay clear of the ramps while in use to avoid injury to yourself and other users.
$15,000 Grant Used To Rebuilt Skatepark
A special thanks to the Fremont Area Community Foundation which made the rebuild project possible. Another special thank you to Milt Barr of Grant Welding for the wonderful job he has done re-constructing the ramps out of steel! The rebuild has been completed, and entire Skatepark ramp surface received a fresh coat of orange paint and complements the black steel structure underneath. A special thank you to Rich Ulrich of Detail Painting for helping us get the park painted. Rich and his crew paid for most of the specialty paint, and volunteered countless hours to ensure it was ready for the June 5th dedication ceremony. We cannot thank these wonderful volunteers enough for their dedication and commitment to the Grant community. Parents of children using the park should remind users to always use trash receptacles or they will get a ticket for littering. Park users should also read and abide by the posted rules, encourage others to do the same, and use common sense to avoid any problems. The Ryan Benson Memorial Skatepark is family-oriented and was designed for all users to enjoy.