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Beckett & Raeder, Inc. has been the design and engineering consultant to the City of Petoskey on development of the municipal marina since 1987. During the ensuing period we have accomplished numerous projects at the marina resulting in extensive infrastructure improvements, landside parking and pedestrian improvements and expansion of docking space.


Where required, Beckett & Raeder, Inc. has applied for and obtained the necessary permits from the Michigan Department of Natural resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition we have worked within the requirements of the various funding agencies including the Michigan Waterways Commission (grant) and the local Tax Increment Financing Authority.


A brief description of the various projects is as follows:


Marina Promenade and Revetment

This project included stabilization of the marina basin shoreline with graded limestone rock ranging in size to approximately two tons per unit. It also included a main concrete header walkway connecting the marina piers and service building and Harbormaster office. Pedestrian amenities included benches, picnic shelter, and extensive landscaping.


Diversion Pier Construction

An approximately 380 foot long by 16 foot wide pier was added to the marina basin to divert the discharge from the Bear River away from the docking area to control the deposit of sediments and reduce the need for annual maintenance dredgings.


The pier consists of a "sandwich" of steel pile with earth fill. Amenities include a concrete walkway, benches, pipe railing, grass and tree plantings, and a cantilevered boardwalk. Finger piers were added as part of a subsequent project.


City Pier Renovation

This project included replacement of the concrete cap on the historic main pier and the addition of utilities, decorative lighting and pedestrian amenities to serve the existing fixed piers and new adjustable finger piers.


Marina Dredging

This project was accomplished in two phases and included dredging approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sediments from the marina basin. Phase One involved hydraulic dredging and pumping to an inland disposal area. Phase Two involved mechanical dredging due to the presence of boulders and fractional limestone.


Finger Piers

Approximately fourteen adjustable finger piers were added to the diversion pier and main pier. Each pier is a 32' long prefabricated steel and wood structure supported on 12" diameter pipe piles.


New Main Pier Construction

This 2010 project consisted of a new ADA accessible main pier providing 44 new slips, 30/50 amp electrical service, sanitary pump out system, expansion of the marina services building, and boater amenities including benches and picnic tables.

Municipal Marina & Harbor of Refuge
Petoskey, Michigan

2016 Landscape Architectural Sustainability Honor Award

Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

2013 Great Lakes Park, Facility, & Recreation Program Award
Great Lakes Park Trailing Institute
2012 Oak Land Award
Oakland County
2011 Landscape Design Award
Michigan Recreation & Park Association
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