LAKEVIEW — Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority.
Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.
The Lakeview Village Council also executed a purchase agreement for land acquisition to expand the park on the lake, which will be part of the planned improvements.
These projects are being made possible thanks to a $100,000 private donation and a $70,000 contribution from the Downtown Development Authority, along with local general fund dollars.
“We are thrilled about the private donation as well as the collaboration between the village and Downtown Development Authority to make this scale of a project a reality for our community,” said Village Manager James Freed. “We developed a comprehensive park plan for Lakeside Park a few years ago and this new injection of funding is speeding up the development timeline.”
The projects will begin toward the end of June and are expected to be completed before fall. The village has contracted ROWE Professional Services from Mount Pleasant to handle engineering, landscape architecture and construction inspection.
“I think people are going to be very excited when they see the full scope of the project and the level of professionalism it will be completed on,” Freed said. “This is a big deal for our community with long lasting impact.”
Village President Ed Winter credited Freed and community members such as Dallas Lincoln and Louis Lincoln (both of whom are involved in Music in the Park) for making the improvements a reality.
“It’s a great announcement that you would have a private individual willing to donate the village of Lakeview to make it an even nicer place to live,” Winter said. “It will be a great asset and make it one of the nicest parks in Montcalm County. This is going to be a great year for the village of Lakeview.”