St. Clair Shores is entering into a grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make improvements to the playground and bathroom at Brys Park.

St. Clair Shores is entering into a grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make improvements to the playground and bathroom at Brys Park.

File photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Agreement approved for MDNR grant work at Brys Park in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 27, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two years after being awarded a Land and Water Conservation Grant, the city of St. Clair Shores has signed a grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to renovate the playground and bathrooms at Brys Park.

Assistant City Manager William Gambill said that, although the grant was awarded in 2019, there was a delay in getting the grant agreement with the National Park Service. The city received the agreement July 28 and sent out a request for bids that day. Gambill said they expect the bids to be returned around the end of August.

The grant agreement calls for the Land and Water Conservation program to pay $70,900 toward the project, with the city providing the same matching funds. The total project cost is estimated at around $141,800.

The project will renovate the existing bathrooms, bringing them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, removing partitions and making both restrooms unisex. A path will be constructed around the building, and new epoxy flooring will be installed. There will also be paths constructed up to the building, rain barrels installed around the bathrooms to catch runoff, and a rain garden with native plants to be planted between the restroom and the existing concrete pathway.

The project will also renovate the playground at Brys Park, 20700 Brys St., using the existing swing set while adding a playground for 5- to 12-year-old children, as well as a toddler-friendly area for 2- to 5-year-olds.

Gambill said they hope to be able to award the bid for the project at a September meeting of City Council.

“This is going to enhance Brys Park for future generations,” said Councilman Dave Rubello.

Councilwoman Candice Rusie said she was excited the playground was going to include features for younger children, as there isn’t really a specific area like that in other playgrounds in the city.

Many city parks were enhanced in the mid-1970s, but not a lot had been done in the ensuing 40 years until recently, Mayor Kip Walby said.

“It’s wonderful, I believe, because I think it enhances our community, and I think it’s long overdue,” he said. “I think it’s quality of life, and I think it is good for the residents.”

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