BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) – Lincoln Township carried out a study previous slide asking residents in which parts they want to see park advancements. Of the more than 400 citizens surveyed, more than 70% picked either athletics or character as their prime alternative.
Officers at Lincoln Township notify us their previous 5-yr parks and recreation approach was about to expire, so it was very important for them to emphasis on this prepare and total it as shortly as attainable.
“We want to go out for some grants,” Lincoln Township Treasurer Terrie Smith claimed. “There are a large amount of grants offered, and in purchase to do that, you have to have your 5-calendar year program in put. Ours was expiring, so we had to rapidly update ours so we could go out for the grants.”
One of their key initiatives features the Group Centre Park in the heart of town, which also gained enhancements final year.
“We did a spray park past year, and now we have to have to do extra parking due to the fact we usually use that park for graduations, reunions, and so forth,” Smith pointed out. “So, the complaint now was that we wanted additional parking.”
Amazingly, the parks department’s biggest obstacle is ordinarily where by people’s cares go away, down at the beach.
“One authentic issue appropriate now is our Lincoln Beach front, which with the erosion has absent away, and we have had to near it as significantly as using cars out there,” Smith mentioned.
Erosion has remaining the public access highway unusable, and due to the fact protected lands surround Lincoln Township Beach front, govt agencies will have to identify if and how these changes could impact the surroundings.
“So, at our previous assembly on Tuesday, we questioned our engineers to do a topography so that we’d be capable to see the top of the important dunes and what we could and couldn’t do,” Smith described. “We’ve also had EGLE (Michigan Dept. of Surroundings, Great Lakes, and Vitality) out and did a walkthrough so that we can maybe someday open up the beach front again up to autos. We’re attempting to see probably if now we could do a travel-in, fall-off, and appear back again out, but the turning process is what’s our problem suitable now.”
Lincoln Township’s 5-calendar year prepare incorporates tentative advancements for all their parks.
“I’m in favor of it,” Lincoln Township Resident Michael Radom stated. “I consider that in our location, we need to be as progressive as we can be, and we acquired a beautiful seashore we obtained extremely nice homes and a great college process, and it’s just called a procedure of improvement.”
Inhabitants who spoke with 16 Information Now convey to us they are looking forward to these advancements and returning to the parks.
“Growing up, I often would go to the parks and cling out with my buddies at the parks and everything like that, but then above time, they started obtaining worn down,” Berrien County Resident Brenda Kelley reported. “You just can’t truly go and hang out there any more. So, it’s great to listen to that they are upgrading so we can in fact just take our little ones and our friend’s kids.”
These advancements will be funded by the township’s common fund and point out and federal grants.
“I feel nearly anything that, you know, people can get outside and take pleasure in the mother nature and appreciate the wonderful refreshing air is excellent for little ones and grownups as well,” Berrien County Resident Helen Wilson explained. “It can make daily life much more pleasurable for one particular thing, as much as rest, and as I said before, having fun with nature and the h2o and just getting out, I think, relieves a large amount of strain.”
Group Centre Park and Lakeshore Youth Soccer Elaborate are set to obtain the initially updates later this year.
“Everybody requirements some out of doors time and some recreation and things to do,” Smith concluded.
Copyright 2023 WNDU. All legal rights reserved.