Tri States Public Radio Staff
Long Range Planning
Wed September 19, 2012
Macomb Parks Plan Under Review
Just about everything will be on the table as the Macomb Park Board reviews the district's long-range plan.
Park District Executive Director Ray Peterson believes the only exception should be the plan for completing Veteran's Park. The 80-acre park will will include all of the district's soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds when it's completed.
“That is a sound concept verified by the independent firm that came down and did an assessment as well as a pattern nationwide to consolidate that type of activity,” Peterson said.
The review of the long-range plan is being done because the park board has several new members, plus several years have passed since the current plan was created.
The current plan recommends construction of a community recreation center at Downing Park. The building would also house the district's administrative offices. An outdoor water play area -- such as a spray ground -- would also be built at Downing.
The plan recommended removing ball fields from Patton Park and converting it to a place for activities such as disc golf. The restrooms would be reconstructed and the road from Fisk Street to Grant Street would be closed as a through street.
Other park district properties were also analyzed but it was determined none of them required significant changes.
80 Acre Park in Macomb