When I was growing up in the 60's, and 70's I loved Lake Cadillac. Playing in the water, out on a boat, or just hanging out by the water are very fond memories and I immediately relax. In fact, the water is the first place I go when I'm stressed out.
In my 20's I was amazed the lake down by the city park seemed so underutilized and drab. The shore along Chestnut and Lake Streets were just a patch of grass. The only time I remember that stretch used was for a water show in the summer and 4th of July for the fireworks. And, of course, I did nothing but wonder.
Fortunately, someone did more than wonder and instigated the pathway along the shore. The Keith McKellop pathway is used by people at all times of the day enjoying a bike ride, a run or a quiet stroll by the lake.
That set the vision for others to create a playground, the sound garden, restrooms and the Rotary Pavilion. On the other side of the City Park a splash pad and skate rink in the Cadillac Commons that opened last year. Currently being built is the market behind the theater. All this to add vitality to the downtown area.
Now, someone has expanded that vision by adding another feature the White Pine Trailhead on the corner of West Chapin and Lake Street. The new trailhead will include parking, an information kiosk, bike racks, drinking fountain, a picnic shelter and a bike share station with the goal of bringing people here as a destination to start their ride on the White Pine Trails.
I love seeing the improvements along that lake. I still enjoy playing in the water, heading out in a kayak or just looking out at the water relaxing after a stressful day. And, my favorite part is finding creative ways to pay for these improvements. Instead of complaining or expecting the city to pay using tax-payer money the Cadillac Rotary Club is using a fundraiser.
The fundraiser will be a live and silent auction of donated items. This year’s big ticket item is a boat donated by Rec. Boats Holdings Tickets are $25.00 each. You need not be present to win.
The auction is Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Cherry Grove Event Center. You can purchase tickets here.
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