The Capital Region Community Foundation partnered with Dewpoint to sponsor a sandy beach on downtown Lansing’s riverfront.
The beach will be located on the water’s edge along the Grand River near the MP Social bistro and the Marketplace Apartments. Plans include lounge chairs and umbrellas to enjoy the sun and sand as guests enjoy live music and an outdoor event space.
“We want to give back to the city that has given us so much,” said Ken Theis, president and CEO of Dewpoint. “Lansing’s comeback has been building momentum in recent years, and Dewpoint is proud to play a role in the city’s ongoing transformation – and we’re pleased to be able to do it with such an innovative and fun project that residents and guests will be sure to enjoy for years to come.”
The Community Foundation has earmarked over $1 million in matching funding for private contributions it has raised toward several potential projects along the downtown Lansing riverfront from the Cherry Hill boat launch near I-496 to the Brenke Fish Ladder near Old Town.
“The Community Foundation is passionate about creating vibrant, thriving communities and saw a huge unmet opportunity to develop Lansing’s riverfront,” said Laurie Baumer, the Foundation’s executive vice president.
The slated projects were selected through a community feedback initiative. In addition to the beach, other proposed projects include kayak launches, an outdoor classroom, public seating with fireplaces, creative lighting, and improved parks and fishing areas.
“The sandy beachfront at Rotary Park will be a major piece of our newly activated riverfront and I’m excited to see this plan become a reality,” said City of Lansing Mayor Schor.