File photo by Kristyne E. Demske

Furniture chosen for Blossom Heath pier

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 12, 2022


ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved the purchase of furniture for the Blossom Heath Pier at a cost not to exceed $145,000 at its final meeting of 2021 in an effort to get the order placed before prices rose in the new year.

The city will purchase a mix of 8-foot and 6-foot benches in a design that matches those used in other places throughout the city, including Wahby Park and various streetscape projects; trash cans to be placed every 100 feet on the pier; tables in 4-seat and 3-seat configurations to accommodate wheelchairs; S-shaped benches for additional seating; and bike racks and gear tables, which will be placed along the railing to allow for visitors to lean more easily against the railing in certain spots.

Community Services Director Chris Rayes said that he was hopeful the order could be placed before the end of 2021 without choosing a color for the furniture in order to take advantage of lower 2021 pricing. The furniture will not be needed until about June 2022, he said, so there is not a rush to order the furniture except to take advantage of lower prices.

Councilman John Caron asked for proposed Adirondack chairs to be removed from the purchase because the design did not match those already in place at the Blossom Heath Beach House. In addition, he pointed out that those chairs sit low to the ground, which could put the visitor’s viewpoint below a railing.

“I’m not sure the Adirondack chairs really work in the existing pier space,” Caron said.

He also suggested that some shorter benches be ordered since, if one person is sitting on a bench, a stranger is unlikely to join them, even if there was space on an 8-foot bench.

City Council approved the purchase order not to exceed $145,000 Dec. 20.

At the same meeting, council members also discussed options to get water and electricity down to the pier. Rayes said the initial cost to get a water line to the end of the pier to provide for cleaning of the furniture and the pier was $75,000. That line had been previously removed from the project because of the cost.

City Manager Matthew Coppler suggested that workers could bring a pump down to be thrown in the lake to be used for cleaning and maintenance, but Walby said that was an impractical idea.

“It doesn’t seem to work,” anywhere else in the parks system, he said. “I’m concerned (about) the way it will look.”