by Jessica Hickey, staff writer

The City of Owosso’s Parks and Recreation Commission has been working on an update of its master plan. This revision is undertaken every five years, and it allows the city to remain eligible for grants from agencies such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The commission has been working through the 2011 iteration of the master plan, park by park, to take stock of which items have already been completed and to add new items the commission would like to see in the future. Perhaps the most notable change to the plan is the upcoming addition of the skate park at Grove Holman. Signage is a significant issue being considered for most of the parks, while the need for increased community involvement is being highlighted for certain parks such as Fayette Square.

The commission aims to have a final draft ready to submit to the City Council in late January or early February, at which time the plan will be available for public viewing and comment. The revised master plan, which covers 13 city parks, will most likely be approved and ready to implement by April 2017. But Assistant City Manager Susan Montenegro noted that it can be amended at any time after its adoption in the event that residents and the commission want to make changes. “We’re trying to be realistic in our approach,” she said. The next meeting of the commission is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Council chambers.

Owosso Updates Parks Master Plan was last modified: December 19th, 2016 by Karen Elford