Fate of Harbor Springs Deer Park on the Table at City Council Meeting

The future of the Harbor Springs Deer Park is on the table at Monday night’s city council meeting.

There has been some debate about whether or not the park should stay open.

The public has sent letters of concern and Monday the Harbor Springs city council will meet at 7 p.m. to talk about them. 

Some people are concerned that the city isn’t managing the deer park properly.

They recently had to cull to reduce the herd as a part of regular maintenance and that drew some criticism. 

Others say they want the park to remain open as an attraction.

Council members will discuss the different options on how to move forward.

"From what I’m hearing from some of those that are encouraging the city to close the deer park is they oppose the city even having a deer park because it means to manage the size of the herd that deer will die and that’s kind of an unavoidable circumstance," Harbor Springs city manager Tom Richards said.

Right now, the Harbor Springs Deer Park has seven deer and costs about $9,000 a year to operate.