Friday, January 4, 2008

Plan to Raise $2M for Herman Park, Suttons Bay

The effort to develop a mixed-use park at County Road 633 and Herman Road will get a public hearing on January 15. Fundraising consultant, Norman Beeker, will explain the proposed campaign to raise money to complete the purchase of the land and build the park. The Leelanau Conservancy is seeking to secure the 126 acres from the estate of Ralph Herman.

Deb Slocombe, a landscape architect, said, "This is directly across from the south side of the school. It's within walking distance from everything, so it is in an incredible location for a park."

The conceptual design for the Herman Park project includes 26 acres of athletic fields, tennis courts, a gazebo and a one-acre fishing pond with dock. Boardwalk trails through a wetland area would connect to the Leelanau Trail.

A Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant will finance nearly $400,000 (nearly two-thirds) of the purchase price. The entire project is expected to cost between $1.7 and $2 million, so much more money will need to be raised.

The consultants will meet with the public and local officials Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Suttons Bay Township Hall.

from the Traverse City Record Eagle, "Consultant to present plans to raise $2M", by Victor Skinner, Jan 4, 2008
See Suttons Bay Township Herman Park Funding Moves Forward
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