If you’re a summer visitor who loves to take a walk on the catwalk-capped pier each year — or even a resident of Grand Haven who makes walks on the pier a daily activity — this summer will be a bit different.
The south pier is closed for reconstruction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the catwalk has been removed for repair and replacement — a project that began last fall after the busy tourism season wrapped up. The pier will be off limits during the repairs.
“They’re (visitors) not going to be able to get out there,” said Save the Catwalk organizer Erin Turrell. “They can’t walk the pier like they usually do.”
While the sights may be different, the catwalk can still be a big part of your summer stop as the organizers of Grand Haven’s Save the Catwalk continue to push toward their fundraising goal. The Save the Catwalk committee has so far raised more than $550,000 for the catwalk effort — halfway toward a $1 million goal.
Turrell said there will be a number of ways people can contribute to the cause this summer.
Turrell noted that Save the Catwalk representatives will be at the Great Lakes Kite Festival, which runs May 20-21, selling raffle tickets for a June 21 drawing at the Eagles club. The Rotary Club of Grand Haven’s wine event at the end of June will also serve as a fundraiser for the catwalk.
The Grand Haven Main Street program is also working with the city to help with fundraising efforts.
In addition to the streetlight banner program promoting the catwalk this year, the Main Street program has purchased donation collection canisters to distribute and place in businesses in the Main Street district to raise awareness and collect donations.
These canisters will be in place at Main Street businesses throughout the summer.
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has established a fund to hold and administer the tax-deductible donations. To make a donation, visit the foundation’s donation webpage and designate “Catwalk”; or send a check with “Save the Catwalk” in the memo line to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417.