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Posted on: December 19, 2016

$95,000 grant to improve Heritage Park

The City of Taylor is preparing to invest a grant from the State of Michigan into various improvements at Heritage Park.

The $95,000 grant will focus on improving the waterwheel at Coan Lake; creating a connective asphalt path between Heritage Park and Wayne County Community College's Downriver Campus; improving lighting to LED; asphalt resurfacing; pump repair and replacement; and possibly improvements at the gazebo.

"The grant was the result of a collaborative effort internally to identify necessary repairs and upgrades that will improve the experience for Taylor residents and everyone who visits Heritage Park," said Jeff Baum, Community Development Manager.  "By connecting Heritage Park and Wayne County Community College, it will provide easy access to the park for students and faculty.  It will also ease access for WCCCD security who have partnered with Taylor Police to provide around-the-clock security at Heritage Park."

According to Baum and Mayor Rick Sollars, State Rep. Erika Geiss was instrumental in bringing our proposal forward for approval in Lansing and deserves a great deal of credit for the award.  

The grant, which technically comes from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will be dedicated in the following ways (costs and deadlines are tentative):

Waterwheel -- An estimated $7,000 will be used to purchase a new drive shaft and gears for the water wheel. This will eventually be combined with a grant via WCCCD to put decorative lights on the waterwheel, similar to those seen on ferris wheels around the country. The new drive shaft and gears will not only control the speed of the large waterwheel, but will also allow power to be accessible for the lighting. Estimated completion: April 2017).

Asphalt pathway connection to WCCCD -- Approximately $45,000 will be spent to clear trees and creation a direction connection between Heritage Park and the WCCCD campus. Taylor Police and WCCCD Campus Police already have an agreement in place that allows for the campus security to aid in Heritage Park coverage, especially in the nighttime and weekend hours. This pathway would make that coverage easier. Also, by connecting the existing roadway/pathway in the northeast section of Heritage Park with the back of WCCCD's campus, it will allow for better running/jogging/cycling routes. Once it is done, patrons of the park will be able to walk, jog, run or cycle throughout the vast park, onto the WCCCD campus and then out onto Northline and back inside the park, all without having to cross a major street. Estimated completion: April-May 2017.

Lights -- An estimated $8,000 will transition 57 poles to LED lighting, improving energy efficiency and lowering costs. Estimated completion: April 2017.

Various asphalt resurfacing and repairs -- An estimated $15,000 in asphalt repairs in parking lots and pathways. Estimated completion: November 2016.

Pump repairs -- Estimated $12,000 to repair and/or replace three pump locations in Coan Lake that are currently non-functional. Estimated completion: May 2017.

Gazebo repair -- If possible (depending on how the other projects go), an estimated $8,000 to repair the Coan Lake gazebo, which if rotted and has shifted due to water and weather exposure. Estimated completion: May 2017.


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