By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – Friday’s opening day of the Elizabeth Park Marina represented the five-year anniversary of the city’s management and operation of the facility, and parks and recreation officials said the season ahead will continue offering its award-winning features and facilities.
The marina – nestled in the city park and located across from Grosse Ile Township on the Detroit River – had been under the management of Wayne County Parks, which received the property via donation in the early 1900s. In recent years Wayne County agencies suffered budget cuts and financial issues which threatened to severely limit if not close down the boat launch.
Trenton Parks and Recreation Director Joann Gonyea said the park’s boat launch is among the city’s key attractions, with more than 1,300 feet of river-walk available.
This year’s upgrades include a new shower facility and parking lot expansions, which join offerings that include laundry facilities and Wi-Fi connections. A transient marina was built in 1993 courtesy of grant funds, reflecting ongoing investments that have made the marina a destination for boaters and anglers from around the state and country.
The annual Cabela’s Master Walleye fishing competition is among the regional calendar highlights.
All told, the marina and boat launch offers four launching and four loading wells, a 52-slip mooring facility with hookups and pump stations.
Gonyea said the city’s acceptance of management and supervision of the marina has been a benefit beyond ensuring that the facility continues its operations. Since separating from Wayne County the marina has provided local, part-time jobs and has expanded its offerings while producing a modest profit. The marina generates up to $140,000 annually in fees and services.
The marina is open 24 hours a day from April through Oct. 31.
For information on rates and access call 734-341-8706 or go to www.elizabethparkmarina.com.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])