Fourth annual Citizens’ Academy wraps up

Participants of the fourth annual Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant were celebrated for their completion of the program at the April 22 City Commission meeting.

Designed to engage members of the community to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government, community members attended seven sessions throughout February, March and April which explored the City’s day-to-day operations.

For more information about the Citizens’ Academy, visit  To receive email notifications regarding future academies, contact City Planner, Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or

Congratulations to the 2019 Citizens’ Academy participants:

Joshua Adams

Melanie Duke

Maureen Eke

Jerell Erves

Joe Fleming

Erick Fredendall

Gregory Hanley

Yannis Haveles

Erica Hopcraft

Azharul Islam

Blaine Long

Jim McBryde

Matt Mertz

Brian Mitchell

Amy Motz

Christy Onstott

Darcy Orlik

Amy Perschbacher

Allan Riggs

Martha Riggs

George Ronan

Melinda Stacer

Public invited to care for neighborhood playgrounds during “Mulch Madness” on May 19

City of Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation invites community members, service clubs and volunteer groups to “Mulch Madness” at their nearest City playground on Saturday, May 19. Throughout the day, volunteers will assist the City Parks Department in spreading mulch, also known as engineered wood fiber chips, at the following playground locations around the City:

  • Chipp-A-Waters – 1403 W. High St.
  • Horizon – 1535 Sweeney St.
  • Island Park Timber Town and Slide land – 331 N. Main St.
  • Mill Pond – 607 S. Adams St.
  • Pickens – 309 W. Pickard St.
  • Sunnyside – 1511 Elm St.
  • Yost Park – 206 S. Henry St.

Each year, nearly 500 cubic yards of mulch is distributed among the City’s playgrounds. This year, due to last summer’s epic flood, 640 cubic yards will be spread. The material is specially made to create a surface that is soft enough to cushion falls, but still stable enough to be accessible to wheelchairs.

“This event is a great opportunity to spend time with neighbors and work together to take care of our community playgrounds,” said Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy.

Work will occur in two shifts, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12 – 3 p.m. and volunteers are asked to bring hard rakes, flat shovels, and wheelbarrows to help spread the mulch evenly at each playground location.  Groups of five or more volunteers are advised to contact Parks & Recreation at (989) 779-5331 or in advance to sign up. Groups of less than five volunteers are welcome and do not need to call in advance.