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Imagine This Along The TART Trail

What Can We Imagine In Our Parks?

via Baubauhaus

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NOTE: The Traverse City Parks & Recreation Commission, on which I serve as a volunteer, is updating the City’s 5 Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan.  We’ve held a public workshop, are still collecting survey input and now have a Draft Plan that needs public review & public comment (PDF). It will be available through November 19, 2010.  Please direct comments to Lauren Vaughn.  Copies are also available at the City Clerk’s & City Manager’s offices, as well as TADL.  What can you imagine?

  1. October 29, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Quick thoughts now that I’ve read the draft plan: 1) Please don’t create a hard surface on the Hannah Park trail – it’s refreshing to have in in-town dirt trail! 2) Very excited about the possibility of a natural playscape at Clink Park. Yessssss! 3) Concerned about “irrigation” plans at various locations. What about rain water collection and xeriscaping those areas going forward? I will send these comments to Lauren Vaughn. Thanks for your work!

  2. October 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I’ve mentioned the same concern about the Hannah Park trail. It remains, but certainly isn’t a priority. Addressing the environmental impact aspects of our parks is going to require a lot of citizen support and follow-through. 1) we don’t have the staff in place that understands the alternatives 2) … I’m not sure what two was. However, the Low Impact design guidelines should begin the training.

    Thank you for your comments and representing, Ashlea.

  3. Ellen Koenig
    October 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would like to see all City planning shift away from focusing on what the townships pay or don’t pay; do or don’t do, to just charging non city residents using city services the amount the city pays per user, plus a service fee.

    The City and the townships may share the natural beauty and resources of this area, schools, libraries and zip codes, but the love hasn’t spread when you look at what each municipality brings to each other.

    Look around town. Traverse City has a medical center, airport, college, parks, a vibrant downtown, dedicated city volunteers who managed and fought (over 10 years) for a successful reuse of the state hospital grounds, a city owned utility, public local access TV channel, a senior center, a ski area, Historic districts, the largest city owned public bay access in the area, a playhouse, symphony orchestra, museums, a marina, mayors, a City Manager, and so much more that is rarely found in a city this size, along with the police and fire departments to protect all these assets.

    Traverse City is a BIG little town because the city residents have chosen to pay what it cost’s to live in a city.

    Not so long ago the townships were small and sparsely populated. Traverse City welcomed the residents of the smaller townships, who didn’t the resources, access to her’s. Today, the little township’s have grown up, they are almost as big as TC now, and can provide for themselves the things the want.

    Traverse City has some neighbors near by, who don’t want or need TC services and they should never have to pay for what they don’t use.

    Some of our neighbors come in to town and use our services without paying full price but only because the city doesn’t charge them, not because they won’t pay their fair share.

    Yet, there are some in our area, I am sorry to say, who take advantage of their neighbors, the Traverse City tax payers. Their thinking might go like this: Why live or have a business in town and pay taxes to pay for services when I can live and work in the townships, NOT PAY for city services and still have access?

    I’ll use the senior center as an example. The city pays $168 for each city resident at the senior center. I am not factoring the loss of revenue to the city for the use of the bay front parkland being off the tax roll. Garfield township only pays $39 to the senior center per senior and gets the same benefits the Traverse City resident pays $168 to enjoy.

    It’s the same thing at Hickory Hills, the parking decks, and any other city service. I’m not complaining about what I pay, I just want the city to stop giving away what I pay for! Why does the city do this to it’s tax payers? Is it any wonder the population is leaving? Why not have Garfield township pay $168? If they did they would send $70,000 more to the senior center this year. I don’t want to pay less and get less services. I like living in a community where the residents agree to pay $168 a year per senior for a center.

    Traverse City should encourage nearby townships to be generous to themselves by encouraging township residents to follow their dreams, make a plan and pay for it. Stop allowing the townships to take advantage of the residents of Traverse City. If, in the meantime, the city finds the township’s don’t want to pay the real cost of city services, that’s the township’s choice, not the city’s fault.

    Traverse City residents want the city services we have, and more, and we know we have to pay for them. We are upset that our tax money is being used to subsidize the township residents. Please focus on, and respect the city residents, who have put their money where their mouth is, have chosen big city services over services the townships offer and wants to enjoy what we have paid for!

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