The Ore Dock BotEco Center

Our goal is to create a special place on Marquette's waterfront that achieves a sustainable balance of educational, recreational and commercial uses.

1) Ecological Education and Research Facilities
2) Year-round Indoor Botanical Gardens
3) Historical Preservation and Education
4) Community Spaces


Posted by on March 15, 2016

The first ever SmartPrize is coming to Marquette and BotEco will be participating! SmartPrize is a 10-day competition from April 2 through April 11, 2016 in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Entrepreneurs and innovators will present their business or product idea to be displayed in venues throughout Marquette’s Downtown District. The contest will award a minimum of $20,000 in prize money to great ideas and expansions. […]

BotEco Presentation Slideshow

Posted by on January 25, 2016

Thank you to VP Joe Rom and Studio RAD for putting together this great presentation about the BotEco Center.

BotEco Holiday Party 2015

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Thanks to board member Jim Cantrill and his lovely lady, Beth Cassidy, for hosting yet another fabulous BotEco end-of-the-year party! Games were played and good food was eaten! Here’s to another great year for the Ore Dock BotEco Center board.

Best Board Meeting Location?

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This might be the best board meeting location ever! From July 2015

BotEco Paint & Share Party

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Ore Dock BotEco Paint Party: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Posted by on May 15, 2015

Ore Dock BotEco Paint Party Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Marquette, MI The Friends of theOre Dock BotEco Center invite the public to attend a paint and share party. Recreate an original painting of Marquette’s Lower Harbor Ore Dock. The party is on Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 6-9pm at […]

Thrivent Financial Grants Community Event Funds

Posted by on March 11, 2015

    Project Name: Ore Dock Picasso Party Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit, membership organization with the inspiring line “live generously” grants funds for community projects and will fund an Ore Dock Picasso Party Project set for June 6, 2015. The $250 will provide printing for mini-posters, defray cost of materials /supplies (canvases, brushes, paints), and to provide beverages and snacks. An art instructor will […]

Ore Dock Three Part Series: Past, Present and Future

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Link to UP Matters 3 Part Series Direct links to parts 1-3 Past Present Future THE TRANSCRIPTS (with comments in bold) From The Past: (no comments on this section) A three part series of the past, present and future of the Ore Dock in Marquette’s Lower Harbor begins with the Ore Dock you see now, which is the 6th dock […]

Ore Dock Inspection video 2014

Posted by on January 13, 2015 or Ore-Dock-Inspection.mp4

Study: Lower Harbor ore dock in good condition

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Familiar structure closed since 1971 December 26, 2014 RYAN JARVI – Journal Staff Writer ( , Mining Journal             MARQUETTE – After being closed more than 40 years ago, Marquette’s Lower Harbor ore dock could be up and running with little effort, according to engineers with GEI Consultants in Marquette. GEI conducted an above- and below-water structural assessment of the ore dock […]