Macomb board hears presentation regarding 24 Mile Road park

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 25, 2019

 This map shows the layout of a proposed park at the northeast corner of 24 Mile and Foss roads. Potential areas of the 28-acre park include a splash pool; a children’s playground; pavilions; a dog park; and tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts.

This map shows the layout of a proposed park at the northeast corner of 24 Mile and Foss roads. Potential areas of the 28-acre park include a splash pool; a children’s playground; pavilions; a dog park; and tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting, Macomb Township Parks Director Sal DiCaro and Jack Knowles, landscape architect from Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, presented an idea for a park at the northeast corner of 24 Mile and Foss roads.

The concept plan included a timeline and cost for the proposed 28-acre park.

Potential areas of the park include a splash pool; a children’s playground; pavilions; a dog park; and tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts.

The proposed cost of the park is $8.25 million to build it in one phase. Two phases of construction would require an increase of $200,000.

Two options were presented in regard to construction. Knowles said the first, to build the park in one phase, would be less costly.

“There’s 18 months of work before ground is broke,” he said.

The other option was for two phases of construction. The advantage of that is construction could begin sooner, around May 2020.

Resident John Michalski said pickleball has been incorporated into the park and believes two tennis courts shouldn’t be at the park, citing that there are 16 tennis courts in the township — eight at Dakota High School and eight at L’Anse Creuse High School-North.

“The pickleball courts are shown east-west,” he said. “Anyone who plays sports know that east-west is not a good development, because you’re always looking toward the sun. The plan has to be reviewed for us to do a good job for the pickleball community.”

John Wilson, an ambassador of the United States of America Pickleball Association, said there needs to be a serious discussion about the number of pickleball courts in the township.

“I think tennis courts aren’t needed there. In a township of 80,000 people, we have zero outdoor pickleball courts,” Wilson said.

At the presentation, Knowles said the central feature of the park is the splash pool, which will include interactive water features.

He added that it’s great that Macomb Township has a vocal pickleball community and four courts are anticipated.

The board accepted the concept plan with a motion to start phase one. The next step is for design work to begin.

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