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 St. Clair Shores is looking to replace lights on some ball fields at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park with energy-efficient LED lights using a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund.

St. Clair Shores is looking to replace lights on some ball fields at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park with energy-efficient LED lights using a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


St. Clair Shores applies for grant for new lighting at Kyte Monroe

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 26, 2020

 In addition to lighting, the city also wants to construct a universal access playground at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park, 32710 Harper Ave., with money from the grant.

In addition to lighting, the city also wants to construct a universal access playground at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park, 32710 Harper Ave., with money from the grant.

File photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores is looking to improve the lighting at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park on Harper Avenue with help from a grant through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Mayor Kip Walby said in March that the city has received grants from the fund for the skate park at Kyte Monroe and work being done at Brys Park. The new grant would help pay for energy-efficient field lighting and a universal access playground at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park, 32701 Harper Ave.

Assistant City Manager Bill Gambill said that the old field lights date back to 1989. If approved, the grant would help pay to replace 1,000-watt lights with 500-watt LED bulbs that last twice as long in the existing lighting at four multipurpose diamonds and two hardball diamonds. It would also add new LED lighting to two soccer fields and a diamond that is used for girl’s fast pitch softball and boy’s baseball. The city estimates that it will save about $5,500 annually in electric and maintenance costs.

The city is also looking to upgrade a playground that is more than 20 years old with one that would provide universal access with poured-in-place safety surfacing and be connected with a cement path from the north parking lot.

The playground committee worked to determine which features to include, like a dual-sided zipline that includes one side for those with special abilities, as well as a merry-go-round that would provide access to all.

The project is estimated to cost $617,400 with engineering, with $300,000 to be covered by the grant, if it is approved.

“If you compare the proposed playground with the existing playground, there is no comparison,” said Councilwoman Candice Rusie. “(The) different nature of some of the elements we’re proposing will really make this one stand out.”

The playground is also proposed to include a new playscape.

Walby said that the Horseshoe Club also was hoping to have lights added to the horseshoe pit area of the park, but since the proposal was already more than $600,000, the city did not add that into the grant request. However, he said, the Macomb County Public Works Office has worked with the city so St. Clair Shores can use lights that were part of the 15 Mile Road sinkhole repair. The city will simply have to bid out the labor to have them installed, he explained.

City Council unanimously approved the grant application, and Walby said they look forward to hearing the status of their request by the end of 2020.

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