Planning begins for park’s anniversary

cobbleshorelineJanuary 23, 2013
Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

PRESQUE ISLE – The Friends of Thompson’s Harbor State Park and the Department of Natural Resources are working on plans to celebrate the park’s silver anniversary.

In honor of the 5,000-plus acre state park’s formation 25 years ago, the friends group is planning a day of events on May 11, group President Mike Grohowski said. Group member Bill Grigg is spearheading plans for the day. He and other members discussed the day’s agenda at a meeting in the Presque Isle Harbor Association Clubhouse Wednesday night.

The celebration has been in the work for a few months, Grohowski said, and its aim is to draw people to the state park.

“It’s just to make more people aware of the uniqueness of the park, and have them spend a day out there,” he said.

DNR Cheboygan Field Office Manager Dave Stempky attended, along with Hoeft State Park Supervisor Blake Gingrich and field office Manager Patrick Rogers. Stempky and Gingrich answered Grigg’s questions about what the department could do to help with the celebration, as well as fielding a few others.