HOLLAND, MI – Holland State Park is making progress on a big list of improvements at its Lake Macatawa campground, with the clock ticking down toward camping season.
Widening and repaving roads, adding parking pads, and modifying items in the park to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements are all underway.
The park showed off some pictures of the construction this week.
"Crews have stayed busy removing bumpy and crumbling asphalt, digging shoulders out in preparation for widening roads and curves, digging several sites out in preparation of paving them and last but not least, BIG improvements to our dump station," park staff said on Facebook.
The opening date for the campground has been pushed back to May 10 so all the work can be finished, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said earlier this year.
The sanitation station updates will accommodate the larger RVs and camping trailers that now use the park.
The Lake Macatawa campground has 211 camping sites. It’s divided into the Woodstock Loop and the Pines Loop.
It is one of two camping areas at Holland State Park. The other, the Beach campground, is closer to Lake Michigan.
The Lake Macatawa campground is located across from its namesake lake and is just a short walk from the Mt. Pisgah dune stair climb.
While the campground is closed to foot traffic during the construction, walkers still can access Mt. Pisgah and the park’s trail system behind the campground.
"Campers are encouraged to camp at the popular Beach Campground during the site improvement project," said Sean Mulligan, park manager for Holland State Park.
The Beach campground is to open Friday, May 4. But if the weather is good, staff may open it early to offset the other campground’s late opening.