IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to implement Adopt-A-Park program

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:06 pm on Monday, June 27, 2016

STANTON — Montcalm County parks will remain open, as long as sponsors and townships agree to to help.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to authorize the county’s Parks & Rec Committee to implement an Adopt-A-Park program for the county’s park system, which includes Artman Park in Howard City, Bass Lake in Richland Township, Krampe Park in Winfield Township, Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township, McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township and Schmeid Park in Lakeview. The move aims to help keep parks open amid pending county budget cuts.

Camp Ford Lincoln in Lakeview is also a county park, but funds itself due to monies generated from campers.

The Parks & Rec Committee made the recommendation during their June 7 meeting. Commissioner Betty Kellenberger of Carson City noted the late commissioner Carl Paepke of Pierson previously created an Adopt-A-Park plan that was never implemented, laying the groundwork for the committee’s new assignment.

At least two unnamed corporations have already approached the county about assisting to maintain certain county parks.

The Parks & Rec Committee will continue to discuss the plan at their next meeting at 10 a.m. July 5 at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. Anyone may attend.

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