Crystal Makes a Splash
Ever changing, the summer of 2004 brought with it the completion of yet another piece of the plan and a major milestone in Crystal's history with the Grand Opening of Water's Edge. Water's Edge is comprised of two elements: The Park at Water's Edge and The Cottages at Water's Edge:
The Park at Water's Edge is a one-acre water playground complex that encompasses a 4,500 sq. ft pool. At one end, the pool features a zero-depth entry; at the other, three, 75-ft lap lanes. In addition, the shallow end will feature an extensive water playground, featuring multi-platforms, a tumble pail, bubbler jets, arching jets, a crawl tube, water cannon and a 23' lily pad walk with an overhead net, basketball hoops and a water volleyball net. The area also includes a large 15-person hot tub, a climbing wall, a gatehouse with snack bar and locker rooms, extensive sun decks and a sand play area.
The development's second element, The Cottages at Water's Edge, are located on both sides of The Park at Water's Edge. These single family, two- and three-bedroom/two-bath dwellings recall the character of early 1900s northern Michigan cottages, yet with all the modern conveniences.
On top of the 36 holes of golf, the new water park and playground, and the 45 downhill slopes, Crystal's amenities include over 40 km of cross-country ski trails, lodging for over 1,200 people, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a tennis court, mountain biking trails, two year-round restaurants plus several seasonal dining options and an IACC-approved conference center for up to 300 people. Crystal is also home to the Michigan Legacy Art Park-a collection of sculptures representative of Michigan's history and culture, set along a woodland trail.
Every year, Crystal is heralded by local, state and national media as one of the Midwest's most family-friendly destination resorts.