Watervliet Twp. names 2 new parks

WATERVLIET — Watervliet Township’s two new parks now have names. 

Township trustees chose Airport Park and Mill Park for the names of the recently acquired properties. 

The township needed to name the two parks before its new five-year parks and recreation plan could be approved. 

Airport Park is next to the Watervliet Municipal Airport and the Township Hall. The two acres were bought by the township in July. It is proposed that it will have soccer fields, a concession stand and parking lot. 

Mill Park, which is about 33 acres off of Harper Avenue, was named because it is part of the former Watervliet Paper Mill property. It was gifted to the township from the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. It is planned to have picnic tables and benches to overlook the Paw Paw River.

The draft parks and recreation plan, which will be used to apply to grants through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, was presented to the Township Board at December’s meeting. 

The next steps are to hold a public hearing on the plan, then approve it. 

The public hearing is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 30 as a joint meeting between the Township Board and the Planning Commission. The draft parks and recreation plan can be found on the township’s website and at the township hall.

In other business, Trustee Joe Stepich, who sits on the Township’s Planning Commission, said the commissioners and trustees are planning a trip to visit medical marijuana facilities in Bangor and Paw Paw this week. 

He said it’s a step in figuring out what Watervliet Township wants in its ordinance. 

Stepich said the Planning Commission has had a lot of discussion, but it will take another three to four months before a draft ordinance is ready for the Township Board to consider.

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