Hanson Hills finishes first phase of lodge renovations
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Phase one, done. The lodge at Hanson Hills Recreation Area – slated for renovation earlier this year – has a new roof, new windows, new siding, and new doors, and a few more improvements are scheduled for later this summer.
During the November 2018 general election, Crawford County voters approved a millage to pay for the lodge renovation project. Justin Andre, Director of Operations for Grayling Recreation Authority (the governing body for Hanson Hills), said the millage generated close to $300,000.
Grayling Recreation Authority approached the project in two phases. Phase one featured work on the lodge building (roof, siding, windows, doors). McClain and Sons, a local construction company, was the winning bidder for the phase one project.
Grayling Recreation Authority officials were hoping to have the lodge renovation work completed before some of its large June events, and the workers succeeded.
“The renovations look great,” Andre said. “We’re excited to have this done.”
The Ragnar Trail Relay – a massive race involving hundreds of competitors – is scheduled for June 15 and 16. This is a new event to Hanson Hills this year; Andre said 140 teams – more than 1,200 runners – were signed up as of last week. During the following weekend, June 22 and 23, Hanson Hills will host the Michigan Traditional Bowhunters Jamboree, an archery-themed event.
“We’re very excited to have the lodge finished for Ragnar,” Andre said. “That’s huge for us.”
Phase two of the renovation project will involve concrete work – repairing the sidewalks and fixing the entrances and stairs – according to Andre.
“We were able to stretch our millage money pretty far. I think people are going to be pleased with the renovations,” Andre said.
Phase two is slated for August of 2019, Andre said.