In this issue: Grand Traverse Greenway Workshop, Genesee County Parks Partnership, Graff Statue Plaza, Flint Oasis Team, Light Up the City, Memorial Park Planning Session

Genesee County Parks Partnership

     Thanks to a new 2-year partnership agreement between Genesee County Parks and Recreation and the City of Flint, the Genesee County Parks Department has undertaken substantial maintenance work in 4 city parks. The partnership agreement, which includes Max Brandon Park, Flint Park Lake, McKinley Park and Thread Lake Park, empowers County Parks staff to manage the upkeep of these parks. In an effort to improve public safety, County Park Rangers will also begin patrolling these parks.
     This partnership addresses strategies within the Master Plan of "establishing the City of Flint as a proactive leader with a clean, healthy, and equitable system of parks, waterways, and open spaces, and promoting partnerships with County and State entities."

Light Up the City

     In partnership with Consumer's Energy, City of Flint and Michigan State police officers are teaming up to promote safety and awareness throughout Flint neighborhoods. Throughout the summer, police officers and local residents will be "Lighting Up the City" and conducting neighborhood patrols and safety parades, all while providing free compact fluorescent lights for residents to install on their porches and doorways. 
     The next Light Up the City event will begin at the cross-section of Saginaw St. and Gillespie on Thursday Aug. 28 at 5:30 pm. This is an incredible opportunity for residents to be a part of making our communities safer and more welcoming! Food, beverages, and music will be provided. 

Memorial Park Planning Workshop
The Grand Traverse District Neighborhood Association invites everyone interested to be a part of the next phase of development for Memorial Park.

Wednesday, August 13
Memorial Park Field House
1015 S. Grand Traverse
5:30 pm
*Food and beverage will be provided. For questions regarding these events, please contact: Tom Wyatt, 766-9089 ext. 208.

Imagine Flint

Moving Forward

     Planning Staff would like to thank all the community members who attended the Beyond Blight ward workshops. Through these workshops, nearly 400 people engaged in important discussions around blight elimination work in the City. Partnering with the Genesee County Land Bank, attendees were invited to ask questions and give feedback during each workshop, outlining areas of their ward most in need of blight elimination, and asked to allocate a "budget" on how they would address blight. A summary of the feedback received at these workshops will be made available on the Imagine Flint website as soon it's processed. The 5- Year Beyond Blight Framework can be found here.
For questions regarding the master plan and how to connect, please contact:
Vincent Slocum 
766-7426 ext. 3029

Grand Traverse Greenway PlacePlan Presentation
It's finally here! After months of planning and extensive community input, final design plans for the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail will be presented on Thursday, August 14th. The event will be held at Word of Life Church on Atherton Rd. from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Ultimately, the trail will help improve connectivity between Flint's neighborhoods and commercial corridors, all while expanding the City's growing network of trails and bike lanes. For more information, please contact Vincent Slocum: 766-7426 x.3029

Stormwater Re-Use Project

     The Otto P. Graff Statue is more than a tribute to a man and his passion for cars. Below the surface, there is a lot going on. Located on the corner of Saginaw and Court St., the Graff Statue Plaza contains a 1,000 gallon water holding tank, with a pump and drains designed to capture and recycle rain water. Rain water captured in the holding tank will be used to feed the irrigation system for the plaza's landscape. 
     Promoting ideas like this are exactly what the Master Plan encourages. Innovative and environmentally friendly rainwater retention projects contribute to the overall goal of a greener and more sustainable Flint. 

Bassett Park Cleanup

     It's amazing what a dedicated group of volunteers can accomplish! On July 22 planning staff partnered with a group of volunteer youth from a Chicago parish to take on brush removal and cleanup work in Bassett Park. Thanks to the help of these volunteers, the team was able to remove several bags worth of trash and over a dozen yard waste bags of brush. The group also cut and collected downed tree limbs in locations throughout the park to allow for a wood chipper to quickly mulch up the brush.
     A tremendous amount of hard work and sweat went into the cleanup and it is thanks to this group, and many others like them, that Flint Parks remain the active and vital centers of our neighborhoods!

Movie Under the Stars!

On Friday, August 8th, Communities First, inc. will be hosting a Movie Under the Stars event on the back lawn of City Hall. Bring the kids out to watch the film Rio under the moonlight, and connect with the community in a fun, family friendly event right here in Flint!

Flint Oasis Team

Started as a cooperative program of Salem Housing CDC, International Academy, Genesee County Parks, and several local neighborhood groups, the Oasis Team provides a clean source of water for gardeners in Flint where there is limited or no access to water.
Thanks to the Oasis Team, community groups will now have greater access to clean water for gardening. For more information, please contact the Oasis Team at



August 8th
Movie Under the Stars!
9:00 pm, City Hall Back Lawn

August 12th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm, City Council Chambers

August 13th
Memorial Park Planning Workshop
5:30-6:30 pm, Memorial Park Field House

August 13th
Foss Ave. Neighborhood Revitalization Meeting
6-8 pm, Foss Ave. Baptist Church 

August 14th
Grand Traverse Greenway Final PlacePlans Presentation
5:30-7:30 pm, Word of Life Church 

August 25th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm, City Council Chambers 

August 28th
Light Up the City Neighborhood Patrol
5:30 pm, Corner of Saginaw St. and Gillespie

*For a full list of upcoming Imagine Flint events please visit our calendar 
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