What is the Park Avenue Prowl?
In Charlevoix, we talk about “side street businesses,” the downtown businesses not on Bridge Street. Sometimes people don’t know we’re here. But the upside is that we are fortunate to escape the noise, dust, huge crowds, and general confusion of Bridge Street.
Park Avenue, the first street south of the bridge, has a long and distinguished history. Before 1906 it was called Main Street, in anticipation of its becoming the main business street in town, away from the muddy waterfront activities that took place on Bridge Street. Then Boulder Park was developed, and our street acquired both a new name and a new character.
It is still, in many ways, the center of old Charlevoix. The oldest standing buildings in town are there. Many of the Earl Young houses are there. And the path to Michigan Beach, and the lighthouse, are there. If you take a look at an aerial map, you’ll see that Park Avenue links Round Lake to Lake Michigan — a walk down Park is a walk from Lake to Lake.
We invite you to take a walk through Charlevoix’s history. Take the Park Avenue Prowl (also known as the Main Street Meander). For more information, visit our website: Park Avenue Prowl