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Request For Ideas And Inspiration For GT Civic Center

Grand Traverse County Civic Center

Tonight there is a master plan input session at 6 pm in the Civic Center Meeting Room for the popular (1-million visitors a year) civic center.

From my understanding, all ideas are up for discussion, so if you have some hidden inspiration regarding the park and its services, please take part or send thoughts to parks@grandtraverse.org or call 231-922-4818.

Civic Center Layout

(click for larger version, then print out and sketch it up with ideas.)

A few quick thoughts:

  • More inclusive accessibility on the edges of the park and it’s entrances. We mentioned one place two weeks ago.
  • Is there a space for a pair of outdoor table tennis tables?
  • Lights for the basketball courts. The summer is fine, but some of that autumn ball was pretty dark around 6pm.
  • Better yet, a community gymnasium and/or community center.
  • Less mowing, more landscaping.
  • Take down all or some of the perimeter fence.
  • Small dog park?

Do you have any ideas?

Civic Center Master Plan Input Session• 6pm

Civic Center Meeting Room

 

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  1. February 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hooray for lights!

    I would definitely like to see a gym or community center. Some kind of online “Civic Center” would be interesting as well to facilitate building weekly Ultimate Frisbee games and other special interest activities.

    A bandshell would be great as well.

    I am totally fine with mowing. We need spaces where you can run around and play whatever game you want wherever you are and that (in my book) means mowing. In my opinion, Leland wrecked their Village Green with all kinds of benches and bushes and plant-life.

  2. February 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Love the virtual “civic center” idea to facilitate non-formal games and activities!

    Clarification: the less mowing comment was more geared towards the edges. There is 45-acres at the Civic Center and LOT of it is ball fields. However, there could be more nooks and pockets created that would really create a special place just to be as not all recreation needs to be high octane competitive sports.

  3. February 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

    OK, just as long as you aren’t squeezing out my precious competitive sports!

  4. JohnRobertWilliams
    February 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My letter to the County:
    Good Morning!

    I understand you are taking any and all ideas for the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.

    I would like to add my thoughts to this in-town jewel!

    My dream is for the Civic Center to serve as many citizens and visitors as possible, year around.

    As a life long-resident of the City and residing all my life less than a mile from the Civic Center (back when it WAS the fairgrounds)..I have witnessed many changes there.

    I’d like to see a few more:

    1) For over 20 years now, I have proposed a North-South addition to the TART Trail system, utilizing all public lands. This new trail would connect the current TART Trail at Parsons/Hannah and use public ROW along Hannah and Steele Streets, Use the NW corner of the Oakwood Cemetery, (no one is buried right at the road), Crossing 8th Street at Fair and using the east edge of the City FD lot and the east edge of the Civic Center pathway, crossing Front Street at the NMC Entrance, following the west and north sides of College Drive, through the TCCHS southern boundary trail, the south side of the athletic field and then north along the trail between Eastern School and NMC, to the existing Eastern Avenue Trail. This would connect the Peninsula, NMC, TCCHS, Eastern, the Civic Center and the East-West TART…all on public property. My proposal for the Civic Center is it “move” or build a new, additional walking path, just to the west of the current trail. The same overhead lights would illuminate the new designated footpath, and ending conflicts from faster, wheeled users. This only happens on the east edge of the Civic Center grounds. It’s an easy -to-do-project.

    2) Many locals who need/crave exercise (walking, running, roller blading, cycling) really have no place to turn when the weather is not ideal. I have had an idea for a multi-purpose, multi level, year-around building for all of us, at the Civic Center. Using the “build it and they will come” philosophy, my plan/idea is for a “Ride-Stride & Glide Inside” structure. It’s big! Imagine an indoor “track”, the size of a high school 440 oval, designed with the greenest possible architecture, which uses solar, wind and geothermal to illuminate and heat the structure. It’s multi-leveled. The ground level has a multi-lane, banked (but NOT like a true Velodrome) cycling surface. Each lane is marked by speed. Slower users on the inside, faster riders to the outside. All lit by full-spectrum LED lights, painted to act like one big SAD therapy room. The upper level has a rubber based running/walking track, the same size as the first level. Athletes at any level or age could utilize and train year-around, or simply walk. High School teams, training programs, therapy, it can all happen there, year-around. The infield, larger than a football field, could/should be as multi-purpose as possible. It should be flexible enough to accommodate potentially, more ice skating rinks, tennis, soccer/football/lacrosse fields, concerts, conventions, trade shows, circus, indoor movies or other entertainment. This truly would be a building by the people, for the people. Right in the heart of town. Open 24 hours a day, for use by any shift worker. There would be no excuse to not get the precious exercise and socializing we all need. At the outside corners of the structure, locker rooms, social facilities, vending/cafeteria/food service, bicycle lockers, could operate. The county should seek established businesses to operate these facilities, charging fees to cover expenses. A Civic Center SHOULD be a “Magnet”. Having a large, multi-purpose building in town would be a huge attraction and raise the quality of life index for us all.
    Thank you for your time and attention and allowing this input.

    John Robert Williams
    Traverse City, MI
    883-4020

  5. February 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Great idea John. Love the 24 hours or at least extended hour idea. I bet that some of the town’s large employers (Hagerty, Munson, etc) would get on board for this.

  6. Matt
    February 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Or we could build the new YMCA!

  7. Nicole
    February 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I agree with John Robert Williams idea:
    “2) Many locals who need/crave exercise (walking, running, roller blading, cycling) really have no place to turn when the weather is not ideal. I have had an idea for a multi-purpose, multi level, year-around building for all of us, at the Civic Center. Using the “build it and they will come” philosophy, my plan/idea is for a “Ride-Stride & Glide Inside” structure. It’s big! Imagine an indoor “track”, the size of a high school 440 oval, designed with the greenest possible architecture, which uses solar, wind and geothermal to illuminate and heat the structure. It’s multi-leveled. The ground level has a multi-lane, banked (but NOT like a true Velodrome) cycling surface. Each lane is marked by speed. Slower users on the inside, faster riders to the outside. All lit by full-spectrum LED lights, painted to act like one big SAD therapy room. The upper level has a rubber based running/walking track, the same size as the first level. Athletes at any level or age could utilize and train year-around, or simply walk…”

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