The City of Hart operates a hydroelectric generating plant at the dam on Hart Lake. Because of this it comes under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements to develop recreation opportunities around the lake.
John Gurney park has operated for years with 90 rustic campsites, but now the city will hire the consulting firm of Gosling Czubak to develop a conceptual plan for the park. This plan will include major changes for the park.
An ad hoc committee was formed to recommend possible improvements. Ideas presented included baseball fields, a pavilion, community bonfire pit, and fewer, but more modern campsites. The ideas received a mixed reaction from the council.
The consultants will develop and present a master plan for the park. A new topographic survey is needed, and the city engineers will work with Gosling and Czubak to complete this.
Costs approved for the planning come to nearly $17,000. The goal is to have a plan ready in time to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant at the beginning of April.
from the Ludington Daily News, December 12, 2007
also see John Gurney Park- Changes in Store?, Nov 25, 2007
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