This summer, a new handicap-accessible Charlevoix playground is being constructed to allow everyone access to play.

The Charlevoix Recreation Department was awarded a $45,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to add a handicap-accessible playground to Michigan Beach Park on Grant Street. The city will match the grant with $22,500. “This is something we’ve really wanted to do for awhile,” Recreation Director Tom Kirinovic says. “Our intention is to have playground equipment available for all children.”

Charlevoix playground

The current playground is in the sand making it difficult for children in wheelchairs to get to the equipment and adults in wheelchairs to supervise their children.

The new playground, which will be an estimated 3,300 square feet, will be built south of the concession building in the grassy area. According to Tom, if all goes according to schedule, construction will begin this spring and be finished by July 4. The city is currently in the process of bidding out the construction.

On June 18, the public is invited to participate in a Community Build. “Having part of the park built by the hands of folks who live here gives the community an opportunity to feel a part of all of this and help make it a reality,” Tom says. “There has been a team approach to this project from the start when the previous recreation director Amanda Wilkins first filed the grant.”

The city is accepting donations for the playground. To make a donation, call the Charlevoix Recreation Department at 231.547.3253 or send a check to 210 State St., Charlevoix, 49720. Note that it’s toward the Lake Michigan playground. For more information, email Tom at

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