2010-06-21 / Front Page

Skateboard area to be added to park in July

BY CATHY BARRINGER contributing writer

BROWN CITY — Kids young and old will soon have a new place to hang out in town.

The Brown City Park Board approved turning one of the city park’s two tennis courts into a skateboard area at its June 10 meeting.

The first step will be to construct a piece of equipment called a halfpipe, which will cost an estimated $3,500.

If the project is successful, the Park Board plans to add more equipment in the future.

City Manager Clint Holmes said the skateboard area will be open by next month.

“Construction is supposed to start as soon as the contractor can get to it, probably in the next two weeks,” he said. “We hope to have it open by the beginning of July.”

Holmes added the area will not only provide a safer environment for skateboarders but alleviate concerns from local merchants about skateboarders in the downtown area.

In addition, the Park Board has submitted a grant request to Michigan DNRE to dredge the pond, build some trails and install a dry hydrant for the Brown City Fire Department at the city park.

Holmes said a representative from DNRE visited the city on June 3 and was provided a tour of the park by staff.

He said this is the first time since the Park Board began submitting a request for this project, annually since 2002, that an individual has come to the city to evaluate the project. Winners of the DNRE grants will be announced in December.

In another matter, the Brown City DDA approved a lease with Paul Muxlow for the downtown building and denied a loan request for operating expenses from another merchant. Holmes added that DDA loans cannot be used toward operating expenses for a business.

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