Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris could move

Mecosta County Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel said the parks commission discussed moving the Eiffel Tower to a location more accessible to the public.

“It’s been talked about for a long time, especially in the off-season months when all the doors are locked,” Abel told a parks board meeting this week. “The back pond has been drained a lot, and the view just isn’t as good as it once was where the tower is currently placed.

“Maybe it’s time to move it out of its current location and put it more prominently where people can access it all year round,” he added.

Abel said there are a few spots that have been discussed – one in the grass near the old hatchery building and one in the playground near the White Pine Trail.

If it was near the hatchery building, he suggested, visitors coming from the road leading to the hatchery building might be encouraged to get out of their cars and walk down and check the ponds and the tower while they are there. Also, if it was close enough to the White Pine Trail, visitors walking the trail might enjoy it.

“We don’t want it to be necessarily in-car viewing, but we want it to be more accessible,” Abel said. “We want it to be far enough away for you to get out of your car to see it.”

Abel said if it was near the hatchery building, it could be decorated for Halloween and lit up during the Christmas holidays. It could also be a photo destination if and when the hatchery building is used again for events.

“We have $20,000 in our capital budget for next year to rework the front pond, and if we want to use that area for the tower, we could tie that into one project,” Abel said. “I think it would be a fairly straightforward project to move it, but we’ll have to investigate and figure that out.”

The council suggested that Abel and his staff continue to consider possible locations and present their findings to the building and grounds committee for further evaluation.

In other matters, the council was informed of the following projects:

• Construction of the Dragon Trail is nearing completion for the season. The Davis Bridge section to Brower Park has been completed and they hope to complete another 1,800 feet downstream of the bridge to complete the Mecosta Township grant.

• The Buckhorn Dam Reservoir is being drained in preparation for dam removal.

• The Brower Water Access Grant was submitted to the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for $281,000. Permit for the water access improvement project has been received from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

• Engineers are working on the final plans for the Lake School Section expansion project.