Park Township, MI; August 25, 2021—Following the successful completion of Phase 1 of its Community Input process for the Former Airport Site, Park Township is beginning Phase 2 – the “Ideas Evaluation” Phase.

Phase 1, the Community Brainstorm, involved comments from over 200 residents on the Township’s online engagement platform, www.parktwpvision.com, as well as in remote engagement booths set up at the following Township businesses.

“We’re grateful for the resident participation so far,” Township Manager Howard Fink said. “We got a lot of interesting and creative ideas for the site. Now the process will move forward to a community discussion of those ideas.”

The purpose of Phase 2 is obtaining resident feedback on the ideas generated during the brainstorm in Phase 1. During Phase 2, the online platform and the remote engagement booths will be supplemented by community workshops – both in-person and over Zoom.

  • Township Hall (52 152nd Avenue)
  • Bowerman’s Blueberry Farm Market (15793 James Street)
  • Sam’s Liquor Center (611 S. 160th Avenue)
  • Yacht Basin Marina (1866 Ottawa Beach Road)

The in-person workshops will take place on the Former Airport site itself, with township residents meeting at Township Hall. The workshops will take place on the following days:

  • Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 11 at 10 am
  • Saturday, September 25 at 10 am
  • Tuesday, October 5 at 5:30 pm (date added)

The Zoom workshops will take place on the following days:

  • Monday, September 13 at 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 18, at 10 am
  • Monday, September 20, at 6 pm (time correction)

Links for the Zoom meetings are available at parktwpvision.com. Participants in either the Zoom on on-site workshops are asked to RSVP at parktwpvision.com – there is no maximum number of participants, but organizers are looking for a rough headcount.

The facility, located at Ottawa Beach Road and 152nd Avenue, presents both opportunities and challenges to the Township and its residents.

Phase 3, which is currently slated to begin in Spring 2022, will be known as the “Alternatives Development” Phase. In that phase, the ideas will be narrowed down, and three potential futures for the site will be rendered visually by the project’s landscape architecture consultant, OCBA. Those alternatives will be evaluated by the public through workshops, engagement booths, and www.parktwpvision.com.

Phase 4, likely to occur in summer and fall of 2022, will allow residents to again evaluate the final concept, in an effort to create a “Final Consensus Vision.”

McKenna is based in Northville, a Detroit suburb, but is managing the engagement process out of its office in Grand Rapids.

OCBA is based in Kalamazoo, and also has an office in Grand Rapids.

 

 

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