Stevensville dog park gets $5,000 grant

The village of Stevensville has received a $5,000 Placemaking Grant from the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors towards building a dog park at Hickory Creek Park off of John Beers Road.

STEVENSVILLE — The village of Stevensville’s proposed dog park got a boost Thursday when it received a $5,000 Placemaking Grant from the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

“I’m excited,” said village council Treasurer Barbi Hoge. “We’re about $1,500 short of having the whole amount for the dog park.”

She said the village needed to raise $8,000 to buy and install fencing and make some other changes at Hickory Creek Park off of John Beers Road.

People can donate money by going to Stevensville website at www.villageofstevensville.us, clicking on “Departments,” clicking on “Parks” and then following the provided link.

Donations can also be dropped off during regular business hours at the Village Hall, 5768 St. Joseph Ave., Stevensville. Anyone who donates $25 or more will receive a free “The Ville” T-shirt.

In addition, she said people can donate while they are at the Third Annual Mother’s Day Market this Saturday in downtown Stevensville. She said they are making signs to direct people to where to donate. The market, which has more than 50 vendors signed up, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hoge said the dog park will be built once all the money is raised. She said they also have to get approval from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because part of the park is designated wetlands. She said they hope that all happens so the park can open this summer.

This is just the first phase of planned upgrades at the 2.5 acre park. Other plans call for a pavilion with bathrooms, plus and a kitchen and a kayak ramp. 

Village Council President Steve Slavicek said he’s grateful to Don Kamp, a Stevensville real estate broker, who applied for the grant for the village.

The placemaking grants are provided to help transform unused space into a vibrant place for the community to gather and enjoy, according to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Also on Wednesday trustees approved:

• buying a $3,524 sewer camera;

• spending $1,600 on a new computer server and upgrades;

• holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 12 so they can vote to keep the tax rate at 9.7428 instead of having it drop to 9.6502, due to the Headlee Amendment.

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