Imagine Flint Park Roundup
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     With the mowing season winding down and temperatures outside dropping, Planning Staff would like to take this opportunity to provide the community with an update on the progress occurring within the Flint Parks.
     As many of you may know, beginning July 1 2014, the Department of Planning and Development assumed responsibility of the City's Parks and Recreation functions. Since that time, staff has aggressively worked to forge partnerships with local park advocates and community organizations to improve the quality and accessibility of Flint's parks and open spaces.
     We wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work that is being done by residents, neighborhood groups, and local business to help improve and beautify these public spaces. Their hard work and dedication is what enables Flint parks to remain the vibrant, thriving centers of our neighborhoods.
     If you or anyone you know is involved in cleanup and improvement work in any City park, we want to hear about it! To learn more about the work in Flint parks or to connect with the Master Plan, please contact planning staff at:

     810.766.7426 ext. 3029

Park Projects and Partnerships
Genesee Conservation District
In efforts to improve efficiency, the City has partnered with the Genesee Conservation District to maintain the urban park canopy. Using trained forestry staff, GCD will be conducting a complete street and park tree inventory, data from which will be used to inform and update the City's existing Street Tree Management Plan.
Max Brandon Eco-Park Project 
Thanks to funding from GLAA-C and the Ruth Mott Foundation, work has begun on the Max Brandon Eco-Park Project. Crews were hard at work in August, removing excess growth and invasive vegetation to increase visibility and access to the park's wetland. This project will continue into 2015 and will include native plantings, interpretive signage, the development of an urban ecology curriculum, and the construction of pedestrian overlook around the wetland area. 
Crim Fitness Foundation 
With more than 200 local youth utilizing the neighboring Haskell Youth Center, Flint's Bassett Park is a vital community asset. In an effort to support increased attention and maintenance of this asset, the City has partnered with the Crim Fitness Foundation to manage and maintain Bassett Park as well as to fund improvements to the park's baseball field

Genesee Valley Trail (GVT) Project
Identified as a priority project in the Transportation and Mobility chapter of the Master Plan, the GVT will extend along Corunna Rd. on the City's west-side and connect with Kettering University at the Chevy Commons site on Chevrolet Ave. The project is funded through MDOT's Transportation Alternatives Program, and aligns with the Master Plan's objective of "expanding the City's network of trails." Construction of the GVT is expected to begin spring 2015.
Mott Park Golf Course Association
Recognizing Mott Park Golf Course as a currently underutilized neighborhood asset, the City has partnered with the Mott Park Golf Course Association, a local non-profit, to re-purpose the former Mott Park clubhouse into a community gathering space. With security improvements planned, MPGCA hopes to make the space available for public use in the spring of 2015. 
McKinley Park Improvements
This past May, the City was awarded a $375,000 MDNR grant through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to implement major improvements to McKinley Park on Flint's south-side. Coupled with $75,000 in local match funding and the City's new partnership with Genesee County Parks, grant funds will be used to install new playground equipment, repair existing basketball and tennis courts, and develop a walkway along the lake shore. Pending preliminary engineering of the project, construction is expected to begin spring 2015.
Park Champions
For the past several years, approximately 30-35 employees and family members of Security Credit Union on W. Boulevard Dr. have participated in the Friends of Flint River Trail's annual river trail cleanup event. Seeing their work in the trail as a way of "giving back to the community," SCU also pays to have a large section of the trail mowed, landscaped, and maintained. 
On September 20th, Power of One-Fight Against Blight, in partnership with a volunteer church group organized a large cleanup of Whaley Park in Flint's 4th Ward. With donated help from a local landscaping company, the group worked the whole day to cleanup the park's playground as well as removing brush from a wooded section of park allowing for it to be mowed.
Designated as a state historic site in 1994, Berston Field House has been a fixture of the North Saginaw corridor since 1924. The facility has served as a training ground for many Flint athletes such as Claressa Shields, Mateen Cleaves and Chris Byrd. With declining City revenue leaving the facility in disrepair, 3rd Ward City Councilman Bryant Nolden and the Friends of Berston Field House have stepped up to ensure that the facility remains a resource for future generations of Flint champions, mowing the facility and surrounding Berston Park along with organizing volunteers to support facility improvements.
In partnership with the City and with the help of more than twenty neighborhood groups and civic organizations, Keep Genesee County Beautiful manages an Adopt a Park Program, connecting committed neighborhood groups with resources for maintaining and improving their local parks. To connect with this work or to adopt a park in your neighborhood contact: 

Keep Genesee County Beautiful
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