Top 5 reasons to love spring in Mt. Pleasant

We love this City all year-round, but there’s just something about spring that gets us excited to go outside and explore! Here are the top 5 reasons why we love spring in Mt. Pleasant so much:

1. The scenery

Mt. Pleasant always manages to look beautiful… But especially so in the spring! With flowers in full bloom and grass as green as can be, the City looks postcard perfect. Stroll downtown on a crisp spring day or explore CMU’s campus in the peak of springtime. Post a pic on Instagram and use the hashtag “#mtpleasantmi” to give us the chance to repost on our page. We love seeing spring in Mt. Pleasant!

2. The parks

Whether you want to play tennis, go for a run or just take a walk with your friends, there is always something to do at the City’s beautiful parks. Now that the snow will be gone for good, take advantage of the many trails in our parks! Our recommendation? Check out the GKB Riverwalk Trail. It’s 1.8 miles long and connects five of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular parks. We even have a map.

3. The start of spring sports

Whether you’re looking to watch a college baseball game or sign your child up for some tee-ball, there’s no shortage of spring sports in Mt. Pleasant! CMU baseball and softball games are already underway, or check out a CMU women’s lacrosse game! If you have little ones, register them for the Chippewa Kids Club to score a free ticket to select CMU sporting events.

As for Mt. Pleasant youth sports, spring soccer and tee-ball both start April 29. The “Start Smart” tee-ball for youth ages 3-5 starts May 2. Click here for more information on youth athletics and activities in the City.

4. Easter activities

This year, Easter falls on April 16– and we have a couple of fun (and free!) activities for kids leading up to it! On April 8, come to CMU’s Finch Fieldhouse for The Great Egg Scramble. Between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., children ages 2-10 scramble for plastic toy and candy-filled eggs, candy and prizes. Crafts, games and refreshments are all part of the festivities as well. For the older kids, check out the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt on April 9th at 8:30 p.m. The event taking place at Island Park South Shelter will feature hundreds of candy-filled eggs and the chance to win cool prizes!

5. Timber Town 2.0

Mark your calendars: the community build of Timber Town 2.0 starts May 17!  We’re very excited for the new playground… It has some really cool features we think you and your family will love! However, we can’t build it without your help. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.uwgic.org/timbertown. For more information and pictures of the new design, check out www.timbertownmp.org or www.facebook.com/TimberTown2.0.

 

Happy spring, Mt. Pleasant!

Volunteers needed for Timber Town 2.0 community build in May

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The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking volunteers for the construction and installation of the Timber Town 2.0 playscape at Island Park.

“Community Build Week” will take place May 17-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Throughout the week, professional builders will guide community members through a variety of tasks, accommodating all levels of skill.  Participants may attend the entire day or sign up for a five-hour shift – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12 to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the morning shift, and dinner will be provided for the afternoon shift.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, activities will be available onsite for the children of those volunteering. The activities planned are suitable for children ages 5-12.

Sign up to volunteer at http://www.uwgic.org/timbertown. Additional project information can be found at www.timbertownmp.org and www.facebook.com/timbertown2.0.

The community build of Timber Town 2.0 is possible because of the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations. Earlier this year, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the playground project. Timber Town 2.0 is a one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure that will replace the original 1994 version of the playground.

Latham named captain of Mt. Pleasant Police Department

Andy LathamAndy Latham has been named captain of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. Latham began his career with the City as an officer more than 20 years ago, and has since served as sergeant and lieutenant.

In his new role, Latham is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with community members. “I hope to continue our tradition of excellent police work while making our department more personable and approachable,” said Latham.  He hopes this will lead to more interaction between officers and the community on a social level.

As captain, Latham says he also plans to learn new phases of police administration while working with and supporting staff in any way he can.

Latham replaces the department’s former captain, Paul Lauria, who took the helm as the City’s director of public safety/police chief in February.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

2017-city-commissionMount Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Here are five things to watch at the March 13 City Commission meeting…

  1. Special Meeting: Prior to the start of the regular meeting, a special meeting with the City Commission and Planning Commission will include a presentation on new regulations for medical marijuana facilities licensing, followed by a discussion of next steps for the City. (See the agenda for the Special Meeting here.)
  2. Presentation of 2016 Community Improvement Awards: Since 1979, the Planning Commission has presented Community Improvement Awards for rebuilt or renovated residential and/or commercial properties. These awards are a way for the Planning Commission to thank and acknowledge the property owners for investment in our community and making our neighborhoods better places to live.
  3. Schedule public hearings regarding housing license fees and fines: The City Commission will consider setting public hearings for March 27 on the proposed rental housing licensing fees to be implemented July 1, as well as the new penalty amounts for owners and property managers who fail to obtain housing licenses.
  4. Renewals of facility agreements with community organizations: The City Commission will consider the renewal of a five-year facility agreement with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for the Jane Harris Girl Scout cabin located in Chipp-a-Waters Park. The Commission will also consider the renewal of a 10-year facility agreement with the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club for a storage building at Pickens Field.
  5. Bids and quotations: The City Commission will consider approving a number of bids and quotes recommended by City staff for the following purchases and/or services:
    • Grounds Mowing
    • Tractor
    • High Service Pump Rehabilitation
    • Primary Sludge Pump Replacement

 To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for March 13, 2017, click here