COLOMA — Coloma’s Randall Park is in need of a major facelift, city officials say.
“It’s a very well used park and we want to see it continue,” said Marsha Hammond, city commissioner and project coordinator for the Coloma Downtown Development Authority. “It’s time. We’re going to put all new landscaping in the green space out front and new mulch.”
The Coloma DDA, which is sponsoring the Randall Park Project, estimates the fixes and upgrades at $73,000.
“We’ve applied for a couple of grants. Hopefully we’ll get some help,” Hammond said. “The city has stepped forward with the Leonard Fund and already donated $24,000.”
The Leonard Fund is a designated pool of money donated by Clarence Leonard and his family in 2003 for city beautification projects.
Hammond said the Coloma Masonic Temple already has contributed $2,500 through new picnic tables, and other organizations are figuring out how they can help too.
“We’ve gotten a real good response so far. People are really excited and offering to help,” she said. “We just want to get the word out that we’re seeking financial, physical or whatever help people can give.”
Other improvements to Randall park include resurfacing the walking paths, installing new steel picnic tables, a new drinking fountain and sealing the wooden play structure. The welding class from Coloma High School will build benches and a bike rack.
Hammond said the DDA hopes to have the upgrades done by June 21.
“We want to have a ribbon cutting and rededication for the park,” she said. “We’re hoping all the repairs and such will be done by then. If not, we still may party and work on through the summer.”
Randall Park was designated as a future park site in 1977. Then, in 1999, the Coloma Congregational UCC spearheaded a campaign to build Randall Park as it is known today. The park and the playground structure honors the late long-time Coloma Mayor Glenn Randall.
While different groups have lead cleanup efforts at the park in the last 20 years, it’ll be the first serious effort to improve the park.
Hammond said work days at the park have not been scheduled yet, but those wanting to help can contact City Hall at 468-6606.
“The first project will be sealing the wood structure. So we will have to wait for warmer weather,” she said.
Anyone who would like to donate can send cash or a check to City of Coloma-Randall Park Project, P.O. Box 329 Coloma, MI 49038.
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