Monroe County asking for your opinion on park improvements

Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department is asking the community for input on how to improve parks. (WNWO)

MONROE, Michigan (WNWO) - The Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department is asking for your help in creating the department’s five-year plan.

“Annually, the budget for Monroe County Parks and Recreation is about $225,000,” said Michael Bosanac, Monroe County Administrator.

The department is looking to improve the parks with the help of citizens. They are doing so by asking residents a series of questions in an online survey.

“We want to align our resources with what our citizens are looking for in their recreational opportunities,” said Bosanac.

The questions will ask what people enjoy at each of the parks, and how frequently they go to them.

“I like the slides and I love monkey bars,” said Kelsey Trombly, a Monroe resident.

Of course, the survey will also ask about what things may need some improvement.

“I’d like to see more interactive stuff for her to do,” said Brian Trombly, a Monroe resident.

“Maybe more swing sets, upgraded equipment,” said Laurence Pickens, a Monroe resident.

The department describes the park system as ‘passive’.

“It’s for people to use the parks, we don’t run programs in our parks, it’s for people to picnic, use walking trails,” said Bosanac.

Because of this, they are attempting to make them serve as many purposes as possible.

“Hiking trails, walking trails, bike trails, access to fishing, fishing piers,” said Bosanac.

Aside from safety, the number one goal is to maintain park partnerships within the community.

“Recently, we did a project with one of the townships where we provided access to the river by canoe, boat launch,” said Bosanac.

The plan will also allow the department to be eligible for grant funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The department will submit their projects and are up against others in the state to receive grants.

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