14 Communities Get Oakland County Parks and Trails Grants • Oakland County Times
14 Communities Get Oakland County Parks and Trails Grants
14 Communities Get Oakland County Parks and Trails Grants
(Oakland County Parks and Recreation, May 3, 2022)
Fourteen Oakland County communities have received a total of $1.15 million in 2022 Community Grants from the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. These grants will help municipalities cover planning, engineering/preliminary design and construction costs directly related to local park and trail improvement projects.
Grant funding was made possible through the support of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Oakland County voters, who approved a mileage tax increase to support the County Parks and Recreation Commission from Oakland. This initiative will be reviewed annually to determine grant funding availability and procedures.
Communities receiving community grant funds in 2022 include:
- City of Auburn Hills, $100,000 for the Hawk Woods nature-themed playground. This nature-themed accessible playground is for kids ages 2-12 at Hawk Woods, an 86-acre park with a strong focus on the environment. The park provides recreation to a growing number of housing developments in the area and serves the community as a whole.
- City of Birmingham, $100,000 for the redevelopment of Adams Park. The plan for Adams Park, 1.5 acres located next to Roeper School, includes a playground, garden plaza, sports fields and landscaping improvements both for aesthetics and to improve stormwater management
- Commerce Township, $152,000 for the development of a trailhead and non-motorized trail linking Robert H. Long Nature Park to the MDOT Metro Trail along M-5. This project will consist of resurfacing the Robert H. Long Nature Park parking lot and constructing an 8-foot trail along 14 Mile Road to the Metro Trail, providing park access for trail users and access to the trail to park users. It will include bio swales near the trailhead and will be paved over the existing parking lot so there is no need to haul gear offsite.
- City of Farmington, $30,000 to replace fencing around the Shiawassee Park playground. The park includes ball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer field, playground, restrooms, fitness court and walking path. This project will replace 492 feet of old wooden fence with a new aluminum fence that will prevent children from wandering to the adjacent Rouge River
- City of Ferndale, $100,000 for Wilson Park accessibility development which includes accessible trails, parking improvements, new playground equipment, site amenities like picnic tables and benches and landscape improvements to help with stormwater management
- City of Hazel Park, $46,000 for Bob Welch Baseball Field Upgrade Project
in Green Acres Park. This project will include three new bleachers and a new scoreboard. Baseball is the most popular sport offered by the City of Hazel Park Recreation Department and Bob Welch Field is heavily used by youth and adult leagues in Hazel Park and throughout the area. During the season, the field is used all day and into the evening with metal halide lighting by leagues throughout the region
- Village of Leonard, $22,800 for Leonard Nature Park Development Planning. This project involves the design of improvements to Leonard Nature Park, a 3.1-acre nature preserve just south of Leonard’s business district and adjacent to the Polly Ann Trail, including design engineering and construction drawings for improve trails for accessibility and add accessible park amenities.
- City of Novi, $100,000 for the development of the 10-acre Northwest Park, including crushed aggregate pathways, a nature-themed playground, parking improvements and grassland restoration
- Township of Oxford, $100,000 for the development of a pavilion, circular walkway and accessible trail at Seymour Lake Township Park. The 40′ x 100′ outdoor pavilion will house the Oxford Farmer’s Market and will also be used for community events and rentals
- City of Pontiac, $100,000 for the redevelopment of Mattie McKinney Hatchett Park which includes two new basketball courts, a new accessible play structure, recreation ground, outdoor fitness equipment, walking path improvements, native plants, landscaping and seating
- City of Rochester, $25,000 for design engineering for the replacement of Bridge 31.7 along the Paint Creek Trail just north of downtown Rochester. The bridge crosses Paint Creek and recent inspections determined that there was significant deterioration to the structure, piers and abutments. The new bridge will be designed to be ADA compliant and also accommodate emergency vehicles
- City of Royal Oak, $71,250 to improve public access to the Royal Oak Arboretum
Trail improvement project, including upgrading 1,300 linear feet of trail to hard surface instead of woodchip, as well as accessible benches and a picnic table. The Arboretum is heavily used by residents and serves as an educational resource for the school district
- Ville de Lyon Sud, $100,000 for the development of a new park in downtown Lyon Sud on a vacant lot belonging to the City. This park will include a 10×10 shelter, a pergola with oscillating benches, decorative paving, a lawn area and various plantings. The space is planned to also house rotating artworks in the future and includes sustainability measures such as native plantings, low-volume drip irrigation, LED lighting, and benches and containers made from recycled plastic. .
- Township of West Bloomfield, $100,000 for West Bloomfield Trail/Nature Preserve washrooms. The nature reserve is located next to the West Bloomfield Trail and serves as a trailhead as well as parking. This project consists of installing two prefabricated “Green Flush” toilets (replacing the current port-a-johns) to improve the trail and preserve the experience and accessibility of park and trail users. Toilets have multiple environmental sustainability features, including up to 70% reduction in water consumption compared to conventional flush toilets
OCPR Director Chris Ward said the grants will fund projects that directly benefit residents through increased accessibility, additional recreational opportunities and investments in local neighborhoods.
“The pandemic has given us all a renewed appreciation for our parks and green spaces. These grants are a great way to use limited taxpayers’ money to make a big difference,” he said.
The competitive online application process for the OCPR Community Grants Program was launched last November. Applications were open to all 62 cities, towns and townships in the county with a minimum of 25% grant.
“Improving access to parks and trails is a great investment in public health and well-being. Oakland County Parks is excited to work with our local government partners to make these great projects a reality,” said Oakland County Parks and Recreation Chairman Gary R. McGillivray.
The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission is dedicated to providing all residents with quality recreation experiences that encourage healthy lifestyles, support economic prosperity, and promote the protection of natural resources. For more information on community grants, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
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