Public invited to share ideas on Oshtemo Township parks improvements

The recent upgrades at Oshtemo Township Park are proving to be popular with park-goers, township officials say. 
The number of kids on the new playground is up. Tennis, pickleball, and basketball players also have discovered the new facilities, says Karen High, Oshtemo Township Parks Administrator.
Both picnic pavilions are being kept occupied with families and school groups. "Add in the disc golf and wiffleball league players, and Township Park is bustling!" High says.
More improvements are going to be in the works at Flesher Fields, where construction will begin after Labor Day on a newly configured parking lot, restroom building, and 0.17 mile paved loop trail. 
Improvements at both parks were made possible with grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Grant funding is currently being sought for a second phase of improvements at Flesher Field, including a new playground, picnic shelter, garden area with a gazebo, and relocation of two wiffleball fields.
Township officials are thrilled with the positive response to their investment at Oshtemo Township Park and anticipate a similar response when the upgrades to Flesher Field are complete, High says.
To formally gauge reaction to the park improvements and to get park-users input on future park projects two public meetings are planned. Public meetings will be held on at 7 p.m.  Tuesday, June 18 and  at 4 p.m. Monday, June 24. Both meetings will take place in the Township Park Pavilion, located behind the Oshtemo Township Hall at 7275 West Main Street. In case of inclement weather, meetings will be moved to the meeting room at Oshtemo Township Hall.
Discussion will focus on future park projects, among them a paved trail to connect Oshtemo Township neighborhoods with the Kal-Haven Trail, upgrades to Township-owned historic properties such as the Drake House and Grange Hall,  plus identification of other park needs. Youngsters are invited be part of the conversation and to provide feedback on the types of play equipment they would most enjoy.
For more information contact, at Karen High at (269) 216-5223.
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Karen High, Oshtemo Township

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