Improvements at Adams Park, just outside of the Roeper School, on Adams Road, are scheduled to be among the first projects now that voters have approved a new millage to fund park improvements.

Improvements at Adams Park, just outside of the Roeper School, on Adams Road, are scheduled to be among the first projects now that voters have approved a new millage to fund park improvements.

File photo by Tiffany Esshaki


Birmingham easily passes parks bond

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 9, 2020

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BIRMINGHAM — With more than 70% of the vote, Birmingham’s electorate made a clear statement Tuesday, Nov. 3: Yep, we like parks.

Specifically, 9,538 of a total 13,586 votes cast supported a new bond to fund parks and recreation improvement projects around the city. The first series of the $11.25 million bond — that’s $4.75 million — will be issued in 2021, around the same time previous sewer bonds are retiring. The remaining $6.5 million is set to be issued in 2024.

“Birmingham residents are exceptionally engaged in community issues, and we look forward to their input as we move forward with exciting parks and recreation projects,” Lauren Wood, Birmingham’s director of public services, said in a prepared statement.

With the infusion of funds, improvements at Adams Park and Booth Park will be the first projects on the city’s to-do list. Some upgrades to the Birmingham Ice Arena are expected to be early on the agenda, too.

Sequencing of other projects and budget projections will be determined during the renewed planning process. Every park proposal will receive due diligence by the Parks and Recreation Board and the City Commission before moving forward, officials said.  

“We are thrilled with the outcome of the bond, which clearly demonstrates that residents see parks and recreation as an important piece of a vibrant and healthy future for our city,” Heather Carmona, the chair of the parks and recreation board, said in an email. “We are now ready to dig in and look forward to engaging residents as we move forward with improvements.”

Residents are encouraged to follow the City of Birmingham, MI on social media to receive updates and information regarding parks planning, or to sign up for a citywide email list. To learn about next steps and project updates, visit bhamgov.org/parksbond. Residents can also sign up to receive emails on the latest information specific to their neighborhood at www.bhamgov.org/citywideemail.

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