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Company selected to design new skate park in Belding

Company selected to design new skate park in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—Work will soon begin on a new skate park in Belding.

Kevin Krieger says the city has raised about $72,000 for the project, through sponsorships and donations.   The park, which has yet to be named, will replace an old roller hockey rink in Central Riverside Park.

On Tuesday, October 1, the Belding City Council approved a $65,000 contract with Evergreen Skateparks out of Portland, Oregon to design and build the skate park. Krieger hopes to meet with the company within the next few weeks.  If all goes well, construction on the new skate park would start as early as next spring and finish by summer.

The skate park will be free and open to the public.

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Saturday marks your chance to shop a massive yard sale while helping to rebuild a historical landmark.

“Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge” will hold a community yard sale September 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fallasburg Historic Village, just north of Lowell.

Proceeds from the event will go toward rebuilding Whites Bridge, which was destroyed by an intentionally set fire on July 7.  Investigators are still looking for the person or people responsible for that crime.

Belding Planning Commission to consider membership changes

Belding Planning Commission to consider membership changes

BELDING, Mich.--   The planning commission next month will consider whether to recommend permanently reducing its numbers from seven to five members.

In a message to the planning commission, City Manager Meg Mullendore says the current ordinance requires the planning commission to consist of seven members with a four-person consensus.  However, Mullendore says no residents have shown interest in joining the commission, despite advertisement by the City. 

The planning commission will only vote on whether the proposed amendment should go to the city council for a vote.  Under the proposed measure, only three of the five planning commission members would need to vote the same way for a consensus.

The issue is expected to be on the agenda during next month's regular meeting.

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

BELDING, Mich.— Work on the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail is on track to start next spring, according to Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Mullendore says organizations and businesses have offered approximately $70,000 in donations for the project, but many of them cannot commit the money until their new fiscal year begins. On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council voted on whether to commit and advance the funding, as required by the state.

Mullendore says the trail would run through Belding, connecting in Lowell and Greenville to create the longest trail of its kind in the state.  The $1.8 million trail would be mostly paved and include three covered bridges.

Mullendore says if all goes well, the trail would be finished by the summer of 2014.

SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

BELDING, Mich.—A  disc golf park that’s only been open to the public for about a month is already looking to expand.

SMASH Park is Belding’s first disc golf park.  It’s been such a smashing success, park leaders are looking to add another nine holes to the current nine-hole course.  On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council will consider authorizing the expansion.  The proposal was previously reviewed and recommended by the city’s recreational advisory board.

SMASH Park opened to the public in early July, after volunteers cleared space and installed baskets in Lightning Bend Park.   The SMASH League opened July 22.

SMASH Park will hold a beginner tournament, including disc golf clinic Saturday, August 31.  For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

A group focused on rebuilding a historic bridge in Ionia County is one step closer to their goal.

“Rebuild Whites Bridge” announced on Facebook Tuesday that volunteers will pull the remains of the fire-ravaged landmark from the Flat River Monday, using financial and equipment donations.    The group claims their effort will save the county about $60,000 in recovery costs.  The Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Committee plans to use the remaining donations to rebuild the bridge.

The group is still selling t-shirts to fund the rebuilding efforts.  For more information about the fundraiser, click here.

Whites Bridge rebuild meeting July 31

Whites Bridge rebuild meeting July 31

BELDING, Mich.—A group of people focused on rebuilding Whites Bridge will hold a meet and greet event Wednesday night.

“Rebuild Whites Bridge” formed on Facebook shortly after the area landmark burned to the ground July 7. The group is currently trying to raise funds to cover the $30,000 to $40,000 cost of  removing the bridge remnants.  Police are still looking for the people who intentionally set the bridge on fire; Silent Observer’s reward for the culprit is up to $7,000.

Wednesday’s meeting will take begins at 6 p.m. in Belding’s Central Riverside Park.