Holland Fish Cleaning Station - UPDATED 09/07/2009!

Holland Fish Cleaning Station Completion!

On September 3rd 2009 the Holland Fish Cleaning Station completed construction and is now open to the public! A special thanks to all who have put efforts into getting this project complete.

Complete Building

Table View 1

Table View 2

Table View 3
Holland Fish Cleaning Station has Officially Broken Ground!

On July 7th 2009 the Holland Fish Cleaning Station finally began construction. A special thanks to Dennis Eade and the local Fish Cleaning Station Committe who have put countless hours in getting this project off the ground. In the process a few additional costs have been added, and the project is in need of $7000.00. Donations can be made off the main site through Paypal. A new completion estimate is for the end of August.

Pouring the Slab

Dozer Action

Pre-Slab Stubed-in Plumbing

Grade Set & Forms in Place

DNR Approves Fish Cleaning Station Construction

On January 29, 2009, Ron Wilson, Chief of the Parks and Recreation Division (PRD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) signed the Great Lakes Fishery Trust grant which will fund 50% of the project cost of constructing the Holland State Park Fish Cleaning Station. This will permit the other 50% of project cost to be funded and the building constructed by the Big Red Foundation. A local committee composed of fishermen from the Holland Steelheaders, Holland Fish & Game Club, and Klaasen Construction LLC will coordinate all aspects of the building construction which is expected to cost $158,000.

The site is located across the street from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat launch and west of Anchorage Marina, 1800 Ottawa Beach Road. The fish cleaning station will be operated and maintained by Holland State Park and will be available to all visitors.

The 20-foot-by-20-foot building will include four cleaning stations and a $20,000 grinder -- a device that emulsifies fish remains so they can be handled by the local sewer system. Local tradesmen and material suppliers are donating time and items to the construction of the station. Park Township has agreed to fund the final $10,000 cost and be responsible for the any front footage assessments and utility connections.

The local committee will continue its support and cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Division on the general topics of securing remaining construction funding, leading public information/discussion meeting(s) and allowing a 'sinking fund' to be created to assist with unexpected repairs.

Construction is planned to begin when the frost is out of the ground this coming April and completed by the end of May, 2009.

* The pictures above are actual renderings of the completed structure.

Fishermen in Holland have been struggling for years to provide better access and support for sport fishermen. With no municipal marina or City of Holland support, it has been a challenge to grow our sport-fishing base. Today, however, we believe we are really close to being able to break ground for a public fish cleaning station on Lake Macatawa, adjacent to the DNR boat launch on Ottawa Beach Road. We have raised twenty thousand dollars toward the fifty five thousand dollar project and gained the commitment of the DNR, DEQ, and our local builders, tradesman and material suppliers for donated time and supplies to make it happen. We need to raise an additional fifteen thousand dollars before we can break ground.

The Big Red Foundation is happy to provide tax-deductible donations for the Fish Cleaning Station.
Donations can be made to:

Big Red Foundation
Public Fish Cleaning Station Project
10845 Chicago Dr.
Zeeland, MI 49464

Donations can also be made with Paypal. Follow the link below to donate. The Big Red Foundation will mail an official receipt for tax deductibility.

Donate to the Holland Fish Cleaning Station!

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