City of Marquette

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials want input from the Marquette community on plans for a new, inclusive Kids Cove playground at Mattson Lower Harbor park.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is closing off a quarter-mile portion of Presque Isle Park roadway to vehicles over the next month to save lives.

Salamander lives, that is.

The blue-spotted salamander is a four- to five-inch-long amphibian that has a black body with vivid blue spots. Thousands of them hibernate underground on the Island during the winter, but when nights turn warm and it begins to rain they come out and migrate to wetlands to reproduce.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is looking for a new city manager.

Mike Angeli has decided to retire after nearly 45 years with the city in different capacities.

Angeli has been in his current post since 2015. He joined the Marquette Police Department in 1976 and rose through the ranks to become chief in 2008.

Angeli’s retirement is effective May 31.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette will use a $57,000 grant to interpret Anishinaabe history and heritage along its multi-use path.

The money comes from the Native American Heritage Fund.

The project includes signage and public art from the mouth of the Carp River to Presque Isle. Funds will also be used to support the development of a companion trail curriculum to revitalize how Native history and culture is taught in the community.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is giving the gift of free parking this holiday season.

Beginning Thursday and ending December 27, Monday-through-Friday enforcement of metered parking and two-hour parking areas will be suspended after 3 p.m. downtown. Drivers will be able to park in any of the public spaces except for handicapped and 24-hour reserved spaces or loading zones.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two U.P. communities are getting funding from the Native American Heritage Fund for projects.

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College was granted $30,000 to partner with the Native Justice Coalition to offer and expand the annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference.

And $57,500 was granted to the City of Marquette. The money will help develop an interpretive Anishinaabe public art project and companion trail curriculum along the lakefront as part of the city's larger cultural trail project.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette official says the new ban on smoking in city parks and beaches will have multiple benefits.

City Commissioner Fred Stonehouse says the ban enacted this week will help eliminate the dangers of second-hand smoke and curb litter created by cigarette butts. He believes it’s a step in the right direction of making the city cleaner and healthier.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is inviting artists to apply to design and paint text-based murals along the Holly Greer Bike Path.

The Words to Live and Bike By project involves five words painted at five different locations along the path.

Remember at Founders Landing

Gratitude at the Marquette Commons

Dream at Mattson Lower Harbor Park

Respect between Picnic Rocks and McCarty’s Cove

Hope at Clark Lambros Park

Completed murals will be 6 feet high and between 11 and 25 feet long, depending on word length.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Upper Peninsula municipalities have received grants through the state’s expanded Match on Main program.

Community-based organizations can apply for funding to help recover revenue lost in the COVID-19 crisis. The expanded program waives the matching prerequisite for small businesses, which is required to receive funding under the traditional Match on Main program.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation says resources are now going to existing businesses instead of helping to open new businesses.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Many Marquette County parks are reopening Friday. 

In the City of Marquette walking and biking will be allowed in all parks, including Presque Isle Park. Playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed. Sugarloaf mountain’ will also reopen. Social distancing and hand sanitizing signage will be installed at the trailhead.

Chocolay Township will not open the ball fields, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, or play equipment at this time because they need additional maintenance.