Spring is almost gone and summer is right around the corner. For the Natural Resources Department that means endless days of controlling invasive species. But what is an invasive species? And why is the Metroparks so concerned about them?
By Nina Kelly, Chief of Planning and Development
With summer in full swing the Metroparks Planning Department is busy assessing and improving your parks. From additions to disc golf courses to park master plans to trail development, park improvements and planning are well underway.
Currently, construction of an additional nine holes is underway at the Kensington Metropark Black Locust Disc Golf Course. The course is being reconfigured as an 18-hole, 5,801 yard North Course and 18-hole, 7,277 South Course. The anticipated opening date of the new holes on the South Course is July 9.
At the June meeting, the HCMA Board of Commissioners approved the Willow and Oakwoods Master Plan and accepted the proposal from Applied Trails Research, LLC to facilitate the design process of the Shelden Trails Redevelopment Project at Stony Creek Metropark. Planning and other departments will be working through the summer and early fall on this effort – stay tuned for opportunities to weigh in.
A public open house for the Delhi and Dexter-Huron Metroparks combination master plan will be held on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the North Delhi picnic shelter. You’re invited to drop in to contribute general feedback about the parks, learn about the various facilities available and chat with Metroparks staff. Visit the Metroparks Planning Department webpage for additional meeting details and to answer short surveys for both parks.
As always, creative ideas from the public are encouraged to help us implement the projects identified in the master plans!