Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cassopolis Developing Parks Master Plan

Cass County Parks Department (Michigan), is seeking professional services to create a comprehensive master plan for Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Newberg Township.

The county is striving to enhance the quality of life for its residents, according to parks director, Scott Wyman.

The park itself is named for a medical pioneer, African-American Theodore Lawless, a dermatologist. The land was donated to Michigan and purchased by the county in 1978. Since that time, additional purchases have brought the size of the tract to 820 acres, which include fields, hardwoods, bogs, marshes, lakes and a stream. The property includes the headwaters of the Christiana Creek watershed.

There are eight miles of hiking trails, ten miles of developed mountain bike trails, cross-country skiing, disc golf, tubing, picnic facilities, softball fields, and a group camp. Hunting and fishing are allowed in various locations.

The park is used for a local harvest festival, a movie-in-the-park event, and schools conduct nature studies there with classes.

Proposals to develop the plan are due by Friday, Feb. 29, and are to be mailed or delivered to the Cass County Parks Department, 340 N. O'Keefe St., P.O. Box 68, Cassopolis, 49031.

from National Geographic, "Proposals Sought for Master Plan", Feb 11, 2008
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