Montcalm Township planning to improve park, pavilion

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:04 am on Thursday, May 15, 2014

The park at Montcalm Township’s hall will get a face-lift with new basketball and tennis nets, something officials said is much needed because of the popularity of the park. The basketball nets have withered down to nothing and the tennis net’s operating crank is broken. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Several improvements are on the horizon for this township’s park and pavilion located at the township hall.

The Montcalm Township Board voted Wednesday to purchase new basketball nets, a new tennis net and a crank for the tennis net for $325.

“The basketball nets are all but gone, the tennis net, the bottom cabling is gone and the crank that tightens the net, the handle is broken off,” Supervisor Michael Adams said.

But the minor improvements are just the beginning of what Adams has in mind.

The board gave Adams the go ahead to spend up to an additional $500 on a bench, grills, a horseshoe pit and a wooden wall mount for solo tennis. Much of the material and labor could be donated, Adams said, noting people have already offered assistance.

Board members unanimously voted to allow Adams to pursue the equipment.

“I’m pretty excited about getting people to come in and start using our park area,” he said. “It gets used a lot out here and I think it will get used even more the more we enhance it.”

Trustee Steve Sprague said he felt it was important to spruce up the park and make it more appealing for residents.

“I think we ought to do stuff like this for the people of the township,” he said.

Adams did not have a timeline of when it would be completed, but didn’t plan on waiting long to get the ball rolling.

“I’m hoping to get that stuff moving right away,” he said.

In other businessm the board voted to purchase a new chainsaw for the fire department for just over $200. The board also voted to remove and discard several tree stumps in the township’s cemetery.

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