07 Jun Ludington’s Stearns Park Beach recognized in USA Today
LDN Staff –
Saturday, June 2, 2012
If they hadn’t done so already, visitors to Ludington’s Stearns Park Beach can now claim the beach as one of the nation’s finest.
Last Friday, USA Today published a story recognizing “51 Great American Beaches,” relying on a local travel expert to select a beach from each state and one from the District of Columbia, and Stearns Park
was chosen for Michigan. The recommendation was made by Detroit Free Press travel writer Ellen Creager. Mayor John Henderson wasn’t surprised to hear the news.
“Ever since I’ve been mayor I’ve always proclaimed it as the best beach in Michigan,” he said, adding that the beach is very inviting and has “breathless” sunsets.
The USA Today’s write-up on Stearns cited the white, sandy beach, the skate park, proximity to town and the walkable pier to the North Breakwater Lighthouse as some of the reasons for its selection.
Henderson said he’s confident that local businesses and hotels will be quick to advertise Stearns’ new recognition in order to draw in customers.
“The beach is one of many beautiful things that Ludington has to offer,” he said.
Stearns Park recently dedicated its new accessible walkway in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Memorial Day. The walkway, which is made of hard white plastic, is located just north of the north concession
stand and stretches from the sidewalk down to the edge of Lake Michigan. There is a bench halfway down to the water with a spot for another bench located closer to the sidewalk. It is accessible to people
with disabilities and widens at the lakefront to include a picnic table, as well as space for another.
The newest project the city has planned for the lakefront area is the development of Ludington Avenue’s west end.
The city is doing fundraising efforts for the project this summer. It is estimated to cost around $780,000 and will develop the area into a “beautiful place where people can sit and enjoy the sunset,”
Henderson said. Plans include a concrete walkway that would stretch from Ludington Avenue’s current end to the north breakwater.