The park at the Hunter Community Center is included in the city of Clawson’s 2018-2022 parks and recreation master plan. A public hearing on the draft of the master plan will take place at Clawson City Hall Feb. 6.

The park at the Hunter Community Center is included in the city of Clawson’s 2018-2022 parks and recreation master plan. A public hearing on the draft of the master plan will take place at Clawson City Hall Feb. 6.

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Clawson to hold public hearing for recreation master plan input

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 31, 2018

CLAWSON — The city of Clawson will hold a public hearing to gain resident input on its 2018-2022 parks and recreation master plan at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Clawson City Hall.

A five-year master plan is mandatory for the city to have on file with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in order for the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for grants. 

Kathy Leenhouts, director of recreation and senior services, said the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board received more than 400 surveys from residents and students in Clawson. The year before, she said, the city received approximately 39.

“We asked people what they thought of the parks right now and how often they visit them, and then what they would like to see moving forward,” Leenhouts said. “Overall, the responses are that the parks are in good shape, so that was encouraging.”

Some of the main features that survey takers said they would like to see in the city’s parks included a splash pad and a dog park. With limited green space, Leenhouts said such endeavors would be a challenge.

In the 2.4-square-mile municipality, Leenhouts said, there are what city officials consider five parks — most of them small, with the major park being the 37-acre City Park.

“It also holds all the athletic fields — baseball, soccer, the track, the turf field,” she said.

In 2014, voters approved a bond for park improvements, she said, which resulted in a lot of updates.

“We got a new track; we hadn’t been able to use our track since the late 1990s,” she said, “We got new visitor bleachers, a new artificial turf stadium, and we added another baseball field, a skate park and a lot of amenities.”

Another park, she said, got a new parking lot, and a coinciding school bond allowed Clawson Public Schools to put in a new tennis court and a second artificial turf field.

“What I try to tell people is, the master plan is, in my mind, a sort of wish list,” Leenhouts said. “These are the things the residents feel are important and would like to see happen; however, to make any of those things happen, we have to have funding.”

Clawson Clerk Michael Smith said the city is required to publish a public notice about the parks and recreation master plan public hearing to be in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

“It allows people to come and speak in favor or against it, or if they have any concerns, any questions, they can come here,” Smith said. 

He added that residents could also watch the meeting on TV on the public access channel or livestream it through the city’s website, www.cityofclawson.com. 

Clawson City Hall is located at 425 N. Main St.

To view a draft of the 2018-2022 parks and recreation master plan online, visit www.cityofclawson.com. To see the plan in person, visit the Hunter Community Center, 506 Fisher Court, during regular business hours. For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at (248) 435-4500, ext. 118, or the Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 589-0334.