Fish Ladder? Yes a Fish Ladder
The Fish Ladder is a unique place to visit. I’ve been a number of times throughout my life, including once in my childhood years when I found a $20 bill. The Fish Ladder is both an impressive piece of sculpture and an important practicality for the Grand River’s environmental system. It was designed by the artist Joseph Kinnebrew and completed in 1974. The Ladder’s purpose is quite simply to provide the river’s spawning salmon a series of “platforms” to climb in order to continue their swim upstream to their spawning locations. The platforms offer a considerably more manageable alternative to the two meter dam that was built earlier (and inhibited such activities). Besides providing for this important ecological issue, the dam, being so beautifully designed, provides an elegant sculptural presence along the river’s edge near the city center. The design is simple, modern, and emphasizes variations on a geometric theme. Of course the best time to visit is in spawning season, when one can watch the salmon jumping from level to level.