By Elizabeth Wehman, editor
The Monday evening, Feb. 22, Parks & Recreation Commission special meeting tied up loose ends to this weekend’s Polar Plunge event. An updated Plunger list was presented at the meeting which included 24 participants for the weekend event. They include: Owosso Main Street’s Josh Adams, FOSR-City of Owosso’s Gary Burk, Owosso Middle School’s Rich Collins, Mayor of Owosso Ben Frederick, YMCA representative Amanda Freeland, Allied Motion’s Jim Hathaway, SEDP Representative Justin Horvath, DJ Chewy Casey Lambert, Baker College’s representative Aaron Maike, House of Wheel’s Rick Morris, Baker College’s representative Trista Greer, Salvation Army’s representative Jonathan Tamayo, The Lounge Barber Shop’s Adam Voss, Woodworth Commerical’s Randy Woodworth, City of Owosso representative Tyler Leppanen, House of Wheel’s Nick Sebasty, Quicken Loans Jim Woodworth, MEDC representative Nate Scramlin, Lisa Felczak, Kincaid/Henry Building Group’s representatives Ryan Henry and Ryan Kincaid, Like Water Crossfit & Martial Arts representative Doug Heldreth, Elite Pet Stylings Donielle Hart and Kaitlyn Stoneburg.
The event will be raising money for a skate park for the city. Costs for the park have been estimated at $290,000 to $350,000. Donations will be accepted outside of the event and those interested in participating in this weekend’s Polar Plunge can still volunteer by calling (989) 725-0544.
Also discussed at the meeting was an update on the Disc Golf course being proposed at Hopkins Lake. Public comments at the meeting discussed the damage to animals and the environment the Golf Disc players could cause the park as well as safety to other park guests. Chairman Mike Espich said, “We are not ready to sign off on the disc golf course proposal until we have all of the specifics.” Vice Chairman Jeff Selbig said he would like to get feedback from other courses, from those in charge of courses at McCurdy Park, as well as one in Laingsburg.