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      New park in the works in honor of Clark Lambros

      A new park is coming to the city of Marquette.

      On Tuesday night the Marquette city commission accepted an agreement on the Clark Lambros Beach Park Project.

      The park is going to span 15 acres, and 1,100 running feet of lake superior shoreline.

      It'll start a little after Hawley Street and goes all the way to the Dead river.

      "Up where the clump of trees are will be the pavilion and bathhouse," said Michele Butler.

      Acres of land along the lake front will soon be the Clark Lambros Beach Park.

      It's in honor of well-known business owner Clark Lambros who passed away in 2012.

      "Prior to his passing we had a conversation of looking at donating the property to the city in memory of his son who had passed previously. With Clark's passing we decided as a family that we still wanted to create this park," Butler said.

      His family is donating all the land to city.

      They will receive a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund for the property, but the family will use that money to build and maintain the park.

      "It's one of the safest beaches that we really do have. It's easy access for individuals, it's calm because of the harbor. It's just one more gem that we'll be able to share with everyone that comes and visits," Butler explains.

      So, there are two sections of the park.

      The first one is a pavilion and bathhouse with outdoor showers, a picnic area, parking and access all the way to waterfront.

      "We're going to use pervious paving in the parking lot. So, that storm water control is addressed. Sustainable things like that. The structure itself will certainly be very aesthetic," said Bill Sanders, Landscape Architect.

      The second part includes an all inclusive kayak water sport launch by the Dead river, ample parking for cars and boat trailers, as well as a trail system through the wetlands which will connect to the Noquemanon trail.

      "You know Clark was a pretty humble man although I think that in this case he'd be extremely proud. I know he's proud. I know that he sees the difference that we're making in the community," Butler adds.

      They plan to break ground in August.