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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Glen Haven Historic District Design Work to Begin

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Date: November 8, 2007
Contact: Lee Jameson, 231-326-5134

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshorehas contracted with the Architectural/Engineering Firm JJR from Ann Arbor, Michigan to develop contract documents for the next phase of the Glen Haven Historic District Development Concept Plan.  The design will focus on visitor use facilities including, sidewalks, boardwalks, viewing platforms, parking, and drinking water/foot wash stations.  Lakeshore staff is working with the Leelanau County Road Commission on the plans for parking and vehicular access.  The improvements are scheduled to begin in the late summer or fall of 2008.  Other work planned for the Glen Haven Historic District will include repairs to the Cannery Boat Museum, stabilization or rehabilitation of historic structures and cultural landscape features, and the installation of interpretive exhibits.  Public restroom facilities and the restoration of the Blacksmith Shop and D.H. Day Store have already been completed serving as popular visitor attractions staffed by Lakeshore volunteers and Eastern National bookstore staff.

Glen Haven Village on Sleeping Bear Bay is perhaps the best preserved example of a frontier wooding station and steamboat stop on all of the Great Lakes.  David Henry Day is credited with having done more than anyone else to “settle” this part of Northern Michigan.  His achievements included lumbering, shipping, forestry, growing and canning cherries, conservation, road building, and tourism.

For more information on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please call the park headquarters at 231-326-5134.

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