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Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - Community Invited to Kid's Creek Restoration Presentation

This artist rendering shows plans for phase two of the Kid’s Creek Restoration Project.

Community Invited to Kid’s Creek Restoration Presentation
Munson Medical Center shared plans to further enhance quality of the creek 

Successful efforts to restore Kid’s Creek in front of Munson Medical Center may soon bridge north of Sixth Street in Traverse City.

The hospital, with help from The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and the Grand Traverse Conservation District, plans to restore the creek from a culvert and ditch to a more natural state beginning this fall.
 
Munson Vice President of Facilities Steve Tongue said the goals for the creek restoration also will help prepare hospital property north of Sixth Street for potential future growth.

“Our updated master facility plan, which follows City of Traverse City zoning, calls for future growth to occur north of the main campus on property the hospital acquired last year,” he said. “As part of our preparations, we believe it makes good sense to restore the creek. This is part of a larger effort being coordinated by the Watershed Center and Grand Traverse Conservation District to remove Kid’s Creek from the DNR’s ‘Impaired Water Bodies’ list.”
 
The hospital invited the community to hear about creek plans during at Boardman River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 11. Those who attended learned the $2 - 3 million project would add 300 feet to the existing channel, enhance fish habitat, and also create a public six-acre buffer of park-like green space between the hospital and neighborhoods. It also will help alleviate flooding concerns during heavy rains, Tongue said.
 
Costs for the project will be covered by grants, donations, and Munson Medical Center capital improvement funds. The project has been endorsed by both The Watershed Center and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. The hospital plans to submit a permit application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the near future. The Army Corps of Engineers also would be involved in the project.
 
In 2009-10, the hospital launched its initial restoration project, The Kid’s Creek Healing Garden, along Elmwood Avenue south of Sixth Street. The project included a stream buffer using native plants, placed lunker structures and rocks in the stream, eliminated sediment traps, and installed two bridges, benches, a patio, and added an educational kiosk. The project received praise from the DNR.
 
For more information about the project, go to munsonhealthcare.org/kidscreek.