MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to mark the re-opening of the beach at Tourist Park. The noon ceremony was attended by Marquette city staff, officials and other project stakeholders.
The beach at Tourist Park had been closed for ten years as of May due to the Dead River Flood which occurred when a spillway failed at the Silver Lake Basin releasing nine billion gallons of water.
The flood waters destroyed two dams including the Tourist Park Dam draining the reservoir out into Lake Superior. Slowly, the reservoir has refilled since reconstruction of the dam was finished in 2012, and this is the first year since the flood that the public has the reservoir and beach back for recreational use.
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