Center Line to hold forum about rec master plan

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 30, 2018

 Center Line officials are seeking input from residents as they continue to work on an updated parks and recreation master plan.

Center Line officials are seeking input from residents as they continue to work on an updated parks and recreation master plan.

File photo by Brian Louwers

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CENTER LINE — Center Line officials considering updates to the city’s parks and recreation master plan will welcome input and questions from the public before the scheduled City Council meeting on April 9.

The forum will be held at the David W. Hanselman Municipal Complex on 10 Mile Road west of Van Dyke Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m., according to City Manager Dennis Champine. The session will include a presentation outlining what has been discussed thus far by department staff and members of the city’s Library and Parks and Recreation commissions.

“The master plan has been out of date for a couple years now. We’re working with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development to develop a new master plan for parks and recreation,” Champine said. “We’re going to have a public forum for residents to come in and give their ideas and thoughts for what they think the future of parks and recreation should be here in Center Line.”

Heather Hames, Center Line’s parks and recreation/library director, said the city has maintained family-oriented programs over the lean budgetary times of the past several years, that she would like to see the department’s offerings grow.

“Things are turning around and it’s time to really look forward in terms of increasing services, expanding programs,” Hames said. “Having more summer programs, things that families can come to throughout the year. Looking to our buildings to see where we’re at, whether we need new playground equipment, what kinds of things the residents would like to see improved.

“I have all kinds of ideas. Dennis has all kinds of ideas. The ideas we should focus on and the ideas we should be doing are the ideas from the residents, the taxpayers,” Hames said. “Where do they want to see the funds go?”

The city’s current master plan is expired, and getting one adopted by the City Council and on file with the state of Michigan by next April would make the city eligible to apply for grant funding that would further stretch its limited funding and allow Center Line to offer more. She said Macomb County Planning and Economic Development was brought in to draft a new five-year master plan.

“We’re in the middle of the planning process,” Hames said. After the meeting on April 9, residents can expect to see a comprehensive survey over the summer. This fall, planners will present a draft based on all of the feedback received from the public and the city’s administrative staff. Following its approval by the Center Line City Council, the plan will be forwarded to the state.

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