Scottville names Riverside Park trails in honor of Bruce Krieger

December 19, 2023

Mayor Marcy Spencer, left, with Bruce Krieger at Riverside Park.

Scottville names Riverside Park trails in honor of Bruce Krieger

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SCOTTVILLE — The City Commission passed a resolution Monday evening, during its regular meeting, to name the Riverside Park trail system in honor of former mayor Bruce Krieger. The commission passed the resolution unanimously.

“Whereas, Mr. Bruce Krieger had been a tireless and long-time supporter, park user and advocate of nature and the outdoors, specifically at Scottville Riverside Park,” the resolution read. “Whereas, the City of Scottville will be making improvements to the current trail system and future areas to be developed into a trail in Riverside Park that will need a name.”

Krieger served as mayor for two two-year terms in the 1970s and then was re-elected as mayor in 2016, serving another two two-year terms.

Krieger and his wife, Jackie, moved to Scottville in 1966 when he became employed as a high school teacher at Mason County Central Schools, retiring in the early 1990s. Krieger also served several years as the Scottville/Amber Township representative on the Mason County Rural Fire Authority Board and also was the Riverside Park supervisor for many years. He is an active member of the Mason County Fin & Feather Club and an avid fisherman.

Scottville Riverside Park is 268 acres and includes one of the longest stretches of publicly-accessible riverfront property along the Pere Marquette River. Krieger has been a strong proponent of the park, most recently with assisting in securing funding and planning a bank stabilization that took place in 2022.

Krieger also helped originally layout a hiking trail system that runs through the east side of the park. Some of that trail system is now used by the MCC cross country team for competitions. Another area is in need of revitalization.

Mayor Marcy Spencer said the park’s management will begin clearing and restoring the trails in the spring.

“Our city owes a great debt of gratitude to Bruce Krieger,” Mayor Spencer said. “He has spent his life in Scottville working both behind the scenes and in the forefront to assure that our city is a better place to live.”

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