Grosse Pointe City Councilman John Stempfle, right, reads and presents a resolution saluting former mayor Dale Scrace, left. The Neff Park marina has now been named in Scrace’s honor.

Grosse Pointe City Councilman John Stempfle, right, reads and presents a resolution saluting former mayor Dale Scrace, left. The Neff Park marina has now been named in Scrace’s honor.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


Neff Park marina named for former longtime Grosse Pointe City mayor

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 19, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — When boaters head out to Grosse Pointe City’s Neff Park marina next season, they’ll see a familiar name on it.

Dale N. Scrace — who served as the City’s mayor from 2001 to 2017 and on the City Council from 1989 to 2001 — now has the distinction of having the harbor named for him. A resolution in Scrace’s honor was presented to him at an Oct. 21 City Council meeting by Mayor Christopher Boettcher and City Councilman John Stempfle, currently the longest-serving council member. Boettcher said the resolution and marina naming were in recognition of Scrace’s “many years of service.”

Scrace said the honor is especially meaningful to him because the first aspect of public service he got into in the City was to become a member of the marina committee roughly 40 years ago. He’s also an avid sailor.

“Thank you very much,” Scrace told City officials. “This is very important to myself and my family.”

The resolution also notes Scrace’s role in the City, including projects at Neff Park.

“His leadership enabled many significant improvements in the City of Grosse Pointe,” the resolution reads, in part. “Those projects, including the complete renovation of the Neff Park marina, remain today and are enjoyed by many.”

City Councilwoman Sheila Tomkowiak — who was recently elected mayor — said during the Oct. 21 meeting that she was “very pleased” to see the marina named for Scrace.

City Councilman Christopher Walsh echoed her comments.

“Congratulations, Dale, on your honor,” Walsh said. “It was a pleasure serving with you.”

Other City Council members, including Donald Parthum Jr. and, in his last City meeting, Andrew Turnbull, shared the same sentiment.

Stempfle told Scrace that it was “an honor well-deserved.”

Boettcher acknowledged Scrace’s wife, Mary Scrace — a longtime member of the City Beautification Commission — as well as the former mayor.

“Dale and Mary, thanks for everything,” Boettcher said. “How much you’ve done for the City.”