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Posted on Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 8:15 a.m.

Gallup Park canoe livery to close on weekdays starting Tuesday as renovations continue

By Ryan J. Stanton


Kayakers make their way into the docks at the Gallup Canoe Livery on the Huron River in Ann Arbor on Aug. 18

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The Gallup Canoe Livery will be closed on weekdays starting Tuesday as the city of Ann Arbor continues a $563,398 renovation of the facilities.

The livery and coffee shop will be open weekends only and will offer still-water paddles in Gallup Pond, park officials said.


Livery attendants haul kayaks out of the river at the Gallup Canoe Livery on Aug. 18

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The Argo Canoe Livery will remain open seven days a week, offering river trips and still-water paddles.

The Ann Arbor City Council voted earlier this year to award a $512,180 contract to Construction Solutions Inc. for the upgrades at Gallup.

The first phase of work took place before Memorial Day and now the remaining work will resume after Labor Day, with the project expected to be done by mid-November.

The improvements include barrier-free paths leading to new barrier-free docks and fishing facilities, and expansion and modification of the patio area to create barrier-free outdoor seating.

Other elements of the project include new sliding glass doors from the livery's meeting room to allow for events and camps to take advantage of scenic riverfront views and fresh air, and a redesign of the park entryway so there is separation between the service drive and the pedestrian pathway. Park officials believe that will increase safety for park users.

The project is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, with matching funds coming from the city's parks millage.

The city has budgeted a 10 percent construction contingency totaling $51,218 to cover potential contract change orders, pushing the project budget up to $563,398.

Colin Smith, the city's parks and recreation manager, said there isn't a set closing date for the liveries — when the season ends is weather dependent.

Previous coverage: Ann Arbor's Gallup Park canoe livery to get $563K makeover this year

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Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 1:24 p.m.

A burning question for readers: Does Gallup park remain open for the walking trails after November? I haven't found the answer on the city web sites.


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

Thanks, Annie :)


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.