The proposed 10-fixture splash pad will go where the Memorial Park’s sand volleyball courts now are, directly west of the Recreation Building.

The proposed 10-fixture splash pad will go where the Memorial Park’s sand volleyball courts now are, directly west of the Recreation Building.

Graphic provided by the city of Center Line


Grant to help Center Line make a ‘splash’ at Memorial Park

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 21, 2020

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CENTER LINE — The days are already counting down to another long, cold winter, and the summer seemed to evaporate quickly before our eyes. But hope springs eternal, and Center Line is already eyeing a wet addition to Memorial Park next year.

City Manager Dennis Champine said the city recently received $150,000 in grant funding for an outdoor splash pad at the park on Lawrence Avenue, north of 10 Mile Road.

“Our goal is to have it done in the spring of 2021, so residents can take full advantage of the splash pad next summer,” Champine said.

The money came from a Community Development Block Grant, a federal program administered, in the case of smaller communities like Center Line, through the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. Champine said the grant includes a local match with cash and in-kind contributions. While the project has not yet gone out for bid, the total cost could top $500,000, with the city covering the largest share, most in the form of labor for the installation.

“Instead of hiring a contractor, we’re actually doing a lot of the work ourselves,” Champine said.

He said that would save the city about $200,000 from what could have been a $750,000 project.

“I’m very excited about it. I think it will add a lot to the community,” said Shawn Massaria, Center Line’s interim parks and recreation director. “Just at the park itself, it will add something for the kids to do. Hopefully by next summer, we’ll be able to run around and play outside, like kids should be.”     
The proposed 10-fixture splash pad will go where the park’s sand volleyball courts now are, directly west of the Recreation Building.

“We do have a lot in the park to offer, but this is a huge bonus for the community,” Massaria added. “Even when we have functions, like the Center Line Independence Festival, the kids will be able to come up and play on the splash pad. It will add a feeling of community and family to the park, more than what we have right now.”

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