Algoma city officials invite the public to a ribbon cutting at noon Thursday, Aug. 30, for the newly installed kayak launch at Olson Park, N8108 State Highway 42.

The float-style kayak launch will allow for kayakers, canoers and standup paddle boarders of all abilities and experience levels to easily access the Ahnapee River. Users can avoid getting their feet wet as they effortlessly push or pull onto the port. The one-piece floating construction rises and falls with fluctuating water levels. Kayakers will provide demonstrations of use after the ribbon cutting.

The launch is a city project that was funded in part by the Algoma Lions Club and a grant through the Algoma Utility. For the Lions the launch is a 100th anniversary legacy project.

Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Robertson said she would like to thank “the community members that served on the Kayak Ad Hoc Committee as well as the City crew members that rehab the dock and installed the kayak launch pad.”

As for the park’s future, Robertson said, “Bay-Lakes Regional Planning Commission has already started working on the Master Park Plan for Olson Park as well as identifying a water trail from Forestville to Algoma. This process will include having community engagement meetings in the next month.”

JJR SmithGroup will be conducting a Citizen Engagement meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St.

The purpose of this meeting is to look at options for the overall design vision for Crescent Beach, as well as the next steps in the sanitary outfall project.