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Overview:

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Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 and the Parks & Recreation Master Plan both recognize the critical role that City Parks play in providing recreational opportunities, gathering places for events, providing relaxation, and youth development. Access to parks and green space is also part of what makes each neighborhood complete. The City of Kalamazoo strives to provide and maintain diverse, inviting, and accessible parks and recreation facilities for everyone to enjoy. To achieve this goal, a number of park improvement projects are currently underway, some in part due to support from the Foundation for Excellence.  


PROJECT MANAGER:

Sean Fletcher, Parks & Recreation Director


OBJECTIVES:

To work with community members and neighborhood residents to improve five city parks: Crane Park, Frays Park, Davis Street Park, Rockwell Park, and the Henderson Tot Lot. 


SCHEDULE:

  • Davis Street Park improvements began in 2017 and phase 2 (the installation of a Skate Plaza) will be completed the beginning of August 2018. The skate plaza was a specific request from Vine Neighborhood residents.
  • Work in Frays park began summer 2018 and will be completed later this year.
  • The Crane Park project will begin later this summer or early fall following substantial completion of work to repair adjacent Betsy Ann Place. Planning meetings for this work were held in 2017 with neighborhood residents.
  • Rockwell Park construction will begin on Aug 1st 2018 and be completed by year end
  • Work in Henderson Tot Lot is currently underway and is expected to be completed in September 2018.

PARTNERSHIPS:


STAFFING:

Parks & Recreation


OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS:


CONSISTENT WITH PLANS:

This work aligns with many aspects of Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 and the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.


VISION:

To provide and maintain diverse, inviting, and accessible parks and recreation facilities for everyone to enjoy.


STRATEGIC VISION GOALS: 

Complete Neighborhoods, Inviting Public Places, Youth Development,


METRICS:

Number of parks projects completed, average distance to a park


BUDGET:


FUNDING SOURCES:

CIP, General Fund, Foundation for Excellence, Grant Opportunities