The Parks and Recreation Department is applying to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Park Improvement Grant Program for the renovation of  Adams Park. One of the renovations that the city hopes to make is a  new age-appropriate and safe play area.

The Parks and Recreation Department is applying to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Park Improvement Grant Program for the renovation of Adams Park. One of the renovations that the city hopes to make is a new age-appropriate and safe play area.

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Grant opportunity may help improve Adams Park

By: Mary Genson | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 26, 2022

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BIRMINGHAM — The city has been awaiting renovations on Adams Park since 2006, and a new grant opportunity may help move along the process.

The Birmingham Parks and Recreation Department has been authorized by the City Commission to apply for the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Park Improvement Grant Program. If awarded the grant, the funds will go towards renovating Adams Park. 

Voters passed an Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage in November 2020, and a portion of those funds were allocated towards competitive grant programs to support the development of local parks and trails. 

Of the $1.2 million that is available to be granted to local community projects, $750,000 will go toward the Trailways Grant Program, and $450,000 will go toward the Park Improvement Grant Program.

The Birmingham Parks and Recreation Department will be applying for $100,000 in grant money to improve Adams Park with renovations including a new playground, new seating, a basketball court, track and field elements, and landscaping. 

“It’s going to provide a much improved, safer, more age appropriate playground for the families with young children in the area,” Mayor Therese Longe said. “It’s going to be a much better use of the land as compared to the way it’s currently laid out, and it’ll be much more aesthetically pleasing and inviting.”

The Adams Park renovation has been a project that has been in the works for years. With the cost of construction going up, this grant would help cover the costs of the development of the park.

Parks and Recreation Manager Carrie Laird was the one to bring this opportunity to the City Commission. 

“It was a priority because the residents and neighbors surrounding Adams Park have been kind of waiting for a while to get that park improved,” Laird said. 

The city bought this 1.46-acre property from The Roeper School in 2006 with a previous bond. But they were not able to proceed with development of the park at that time due to other projects in the queue. 

Adam’s Park is located adjacent to The Roeper School at 1051 Oakland Ave. It currently has a soccer field, a basketball court, play areas, and a discus and shot put facility. The city plans to renovate these existing amenities in addition to the new features they hope to add.

The Parks and Recreation Department has been gauging community interest on the project through the website engage.bhamgov.org. It allows the public to give feedback on existing and future projects. 

“In our update of the concept plan, we’ve made some changes based on input,” Laird said. “Some of the playground elements we’ve adjusted based on feedback from what we received on Engage and public meetings.”

Due to the city’s ample amount of documentation and resources regarding Adams Park, they are confident that they have a good chance of receiving the grant. 

“We think it’s a very strong application that kind of hits all of the points that these Oakland County Parks and Recreation grant programs were designed for,” Longe said. “So we’re hopeful that we’re going to be funded, and we think we have an excellent application.”

The final announcement on the recipients of the OCPR Park Improvement Grant Program will be in April. 

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