A long-desired splash pad is set to become reality at Center Line Memorial Park as part of several improvements to the facility made possible in part by Community Project Funding.
According to Center Line Economic Development Director Brandon Jonas, park improvements will include a green infrastructure splash pad, seven workout equipment stations, six benches, and six grills at a cost of approximately $920,000. The city also received a $20,000 donation from the Center Line Lions Club that will go towards this project.
'This is a great opportunity for Center Line to continue its growth in the region as a great place for families to play,' said City Manager Dennis Champine. 'With this financial commitment from our representatives at the federal level of government, we will be able to further our commitment to provide the very best recreational opportunities offered in Metro Detroit.'
The City of Center Line worked with Representative Andy Levin in securing funds as part of the Community Project Funding requests included in the Omnibus Bill. The Community Project Funding is a revamped version of the 'earmarks' funding offered by Congress in the past and will bring direct funding to communities. Last October the City received a $300,000 donation from Blackstone Harvest, LLC for Memorial Field upgrades. The gravel parking lot will be reconstructed with asphalt, curbs, sidewalks, and catch basins, and a new entry will be constructed with decorative fencing, field stone and granite to replace the existing eight-foot chain link entry fencing.
The city is also working with Macomb County Community Action to upgrade its playscapes in its three parks, including a three-piece set for Memorial Park.
'Center Line's Memorial Park has been a jewel in the community since before I used to play there as a child,' said Mayor Bob Binson. 'On any given day it is host to family picnics, graduation parties, company picnics, and people of all ages from ours and the surrounding communities.
'These improvements will enhance their experience and bring some much-needed renovations to one of our city's gems; with nearly $1 million in new investment, it will make Memorial Park one of the premier parks in Southern Macomb County.' Sign up for email newsletters Sign Up