2017-03-23 / Outdoors

Updates planned for Myles Kimmerly, Old Settlers

A CONCEPTUAL includes proposed improvements for Myles Kimmerly County Park. A CONCEPTUAL includes proposed improvements for Myles Kimmerly County Park. Improvements that include more recreational opportunities should also help attract more users of Leelanau County’s three parks, according to Parks and Recreation chair Melinda Lautner.

“I think they are (under utilized). We would like to have more people enjoy our parks,” Lautner said.

Key to increasing attendance are changes planned at all three parks. Steering committees for Myles Kimmerly and Old Settlers parks have been hard at work.

Myles Kimmerly Park:

• The Myles Kimmerly Steering Committee is looking at installing a one-mile paved trail that would loop around the open area near Burdickville Rd., which contains the soccer and baseball fields and the driving range.

• A Forest Management Plan is also under way. The county is looking at removing downed and hazardous trees along with thinning as directed by the forestry plan.

• Proposed restrooms would include running water and flush toilets. Septic tank and field locations would need to align with suitable soil.

• A dog park would incorporate a double-gated entry.

Old Settlers Park:

• The park lost 60 mature trees with the Aug. 2, 2015, wind storm. That has presented the Old Settlers Steering Committee with a challenge of how to repair the damage and move forward.

“We are very fortunate that a group of neighbors of the park have stepped forward to volunteer time, energy and talent to assist in this effort,” says Steve Christensen, Parks and Recreation secretary.

• The Commission is in the process of developing a conceptual plan for the park that will include playground equipment, a pavilion, a walking trail and improved parking.

• Input from the public will soon be sought. The county hopes to implement as many improvements this year as funds will allow.

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