Archive for Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kenneth W. Bernard City Park dedicated

July 9, 2009

On July 2 we went to the ribbon cutting of our new Kenneth W. Bernard City Park. This attracted a large crowd of impressed citizens. Mayor Bernard was pleased and surprised at having the park named after him.

Council member Andi Pawlowski introduced the mayor and all the dignitaries that were present. This included the designers and the city employees who have worked so hard getting the park prepared. It looked lovely.

The park consists of 127 acres, and the plans for the future additions are available for everyone to see at City Hall. Phase one was the grading of the practice soccer fields and the baseball and softball fields. Building the bridge was a big project and took a lot of time. The center area eventually will house a nice shelter, and in the future the sports fields will house concession stands and restrooms. The pond is stocked with fish but there can be fishing from the banks only.

Our ninth annual Fourth of July fireworks display was there, and a huge number of people came out and it was bumper-to-bumper cars coming in. There was plenty of space for people to bring their chairs and blankets to watch.

It was a fantastic show, and Jamie Miller and his crew did an outstanding job as usual. The music was patriotic, and Terry Huhn started it off with a great rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Historical Society had a refreshment stand and our Police Department guided traffic and parking. I might suggest car-pooling for next year as parking was a problem.

This is just the beginning of great things to come, and our park will continue to grow and be used for many years. Some of the previous locations for our fireworks displays were east of Lansing High School, Lansing Industrial Park on Gilman Road, Pulley’s Hill, Graham Hill and Lansing Middle School.

This year the sky on July 4 was overcast but we had a pleasant breeze and no rain. Thank you, Lansing.

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