Belding seeking input for recreation plan

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:56 am on Monday, November 07, 2011

BELDING — The Belding City Council is calling on residents to help do their part in creating a new community recreation plan for the city of Belding.
The public is invited to the Belding Visioning Session, a meeting where the city’s Recreation Advisory Board and City Council will collect public input regarding parks and recreation within the community.
“This is something we do every five years to update our community recreation plan,” City Manager Randy DeBruine said. “It’s going to be a fun event. The public is actively involved in setting the goals for the city parks.”
The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Belrockton, 108 Hanover St.
DeBruine said the event will be organized with six to eight people sitting per table. Each group will create a list of their top 20 recreation improvements over the next five years.
“Once each group is done making a list we’ll post each list on the wall,” DeBruine said. “People will then be given stickers to put by what they believe to be the top items from all the lists created by each group.”
DeBruine said everyone will also be given a star to place on their top priority.
“By using this process we’ll come up with a list of the top 20 to 25 improvements for recreation, created completely by the people of Belding,” he said.
Mayor Roger Wills is hoping for a high turnout to get as much public input as possible.
“It’s a place for citizen input,” he said. “We’ve hit our goals the last three times we’ve done it. If you want to get things done in Belding, you have to show up to these kind of meetings.”
DeBruine said there isn’t much money currently available to be spent on recreational improvements, but the creation of a list is required for submittal to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to apply for any grants.
“We need this plan in place in order to apply for the DNR trust fund grants that are available,” he said. “But the recreation advisory board and city council will also use the list to advise them in their decisions.”

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