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Community contest underway to name township's newest park

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Plainfield Township is turning to the community to help rename one of its newest parks.

The Township’s 10 Mile Park is located south of 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford.  Once it’s complete, the park will feature a BMX bicycling track, mountain biking trails, an indoor archery range, two soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill.  Additionally, the park shares an entrance with the new Art Van Sports Complex, which will feature eight tournament quality baseball/softball fields and the Miracle Field- a custom-built rubber surface baseball facility for athletes with special needs.

With all these new features, the park needs a new name and logo.  All name submissions should include “Plainfield”.  Organizers are also encouraging people to incorporate some of the park’s activities into the logo.

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Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An environmental group is asking for township support to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Plainfield Township Board Tuesday, Feb.

Additions planned for DW Richardson Park

Additions planned for DW Richardson Park

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—Some additions are coming to DW Richardson Park.

During its regular meeting Feb. 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved accepting a plan from Straight Line Fence to add two fences between the park fields.  The project is expected to cost $6,760, with the Northview Little League picking up $5,000 of the cost.  The township will pay the remaining $1.760.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the fence work will likely be delayed until spring arrives.  He says the goal is to have both fences up for the start of the Little League season.

Fire chief to detail Fifth Third Ballpark fire response Feb. 3

Fire chief to detail Fifth Third Ballpark fire response Feb. 3

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Township fire chief plans to discuss his department’s response to the Fifth Third Ballpark fire Monday night.

David Peterson is expected to present his fire response report to the Plainfield Township Board  during its meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

The fire on Jan. 3 started from a space heater used by construction workers.  The flames destroyed one-third of the concourse on the first base side, as well as 11 to 12 skyboxes.

Firefighters encountered several issues while battling the blaze, including frozen water lines.  Peterson said crews could only access two hydrants on the ballpark property and they had to use hundreds of yard of hose to access outlying hydrants.

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP,  Mich.--   The heat is on and the finishing touches are being made to the West Michigan Archery Center in Kent County.

The $1.15 million facility is located on 10 Mile Road in the Art Van Sports Park.  Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began construction last September. They’ve just completed drywall and trim, and hope to obtain occupancy permits within the next couple months.

The facility, which will serve as a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) site, will be open to the public at minimal costs.  The grounds will also include outdoor and 3D fields. 

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - Calling all superheroes to help in the fight against cancer! 

The theme for this year's event is "Superheroes - Finishing the Fight Against Cancer".  Please join our epic crusade at the 2014 Relay For Life Kickoff at Comstock Park High School on Thursday, Jan.

Soccer and disc golf planned for Grand Isle Park

Soccer and disc golf planned for Grand Isle Park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is considering teaming up with two organizations to develop Grand Isle Park into a haven for soccer and disc golf.

Department director John Short plans to present the partnership proposal during Tuesday night’s township board meeting.

Short says the Parks and Recreation Department are considering teaming up with a new disc golf club and PASS soccer club to raise funds for an 18-hole disc golf course and four soccer fields at the park.  The disc golf club would likely raise the $18,000 for the course at Grand Isle Park, with the Township agreeing to provide advertising or some sort of incentive for donors.  PASS would try to raise $100,000 with the township matching that amount. 

Short says the hope is the disc golf course will be built this year, and the soccer fields would be created in 1-2 years, down from the 3-5 year window in the park’s master plan.