2017-03-30 / Views

County parks awakening

Leelanau’s three county parks are awakening.

While their stirring won’t have the impact of a certain giant sleeping bear whose morphing into a Lakeshore has spurred growth throughout the county, local parks named after a former golf course, deceased probate judge and old settlers — literally — do hold great potential.

Plans for improvements are being developed in some cases and finalized in others by the Leelanau County Parks and Recreation Commission.

We like what we’re seeing. Native grasses and hardwoods at Veronica Valley. A new trail at Myles Kimmerly. A lawn setting made possible through an irrigation system at Old Settlers County Park.

But perhaps more importantly, the county is reaching into local communities for input and new committee members.

That involvement by residents will create more ownership, which leads to more recreational opportunities, and finally to more usage.

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