City of Mt. Pleasant Park and Outdoor Facilities Update

As has been done during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal state and county health officials as we navigate through the reopening process. Below is the current reopen schedule for City parks and outdoor facilities.

This timeline is subject to change based on updated information from health officials. Failure to follow social distancing protocols and posted occupancy levels may lead to facility closures.

June 11, 2020: Island Park Skate Park and Hannah’s Bark Park will reopen. Both parks will have capacity limits and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

June 22, 2020:  Island Park Spray Park and the following park restrooms and ballfields to open.

  • Island Park Spray Park: Capacity limits will be posted and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Park Restrooms:  Island Park South, Pickens, Yost
  • Ballfields:  Pickens, Yost

July 1, 2020: Opening of additional park restrooms and limited park shelter reservations.

  • Park Restrooms:  Island Park North, Nelson, Chipp-A-Waters
  • Park Shelters Available for Reservations: Island Park, Chipp-A-Waters, Yost, Nelson Park Gazebo open with limited occupancy and seating capacity. Visitors must adhere to social distancing and occupancy guidelines.

Facilities Currently Closed:

  • Lower Pickens Field closed due to Spring flooding.
  • Island Park Softball fields closed due to Spring flooding.
  • Restrooms at Horizon, Mill Pond, Mission Creek and Sunnyside Parks.
  • Shelters at Horizon, Mill Pond, Mission Creek Park and Sunnyside Parks.

Information Updates

Information regarding facilities reopening will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Notice to Hannah’s Bark Park Members

We hope you and yours are in good health during this fight against COVID-19. We understand the importance of exercise and fresh air for you and your pets – especially under our current circumstances. However, the health and safety of the public, and the dog park membership, is always our priority. 

In order to protect the health and safety of our members, and following the guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (see link below), the decision has been made to close the dog park beginning Saturday, May 2, 2020 until further notice.  At this time, we are uncertain as to when the park will resume operation, but we will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and share any updates.

Membership fees may be extended for the period of the park closure, or you may request a refund for the number of months not used due to the park’s closure.  Questions regarding refunds can be sent to Ryan Longoria at rlongoria@mt-pleasant.org

Please note that Mission Creek Park and all other City parks and trails remain open, although park restroom facilities and the Island Park Skate Park are closed. While enjoying these park offerings please practice social distancing and keep dogs on their leashes, in accordance with park rules.

For detailed information from the CDC related to best practices for pets and their owners during the current pandemic, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.  We very much look forward to seeing you and your dogs at the park in the near future. 

Sincerely,

City of Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation Department

Summary of Minutes from City Commission Meeting – March 25, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, March 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Public Relations Director Orlik gave a departmental presentation including new promotional videos.

-Received petitions and communications.

-Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held March 11, 2019.

2) Bid of Garber Contracting of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park Arts Pavilion Site Work.

3) Bid of McGuirk Sand and Gravel of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Broadway Street Reconstruction Project.

4) Authorized a contract with Fleis and Vandenbrink of Grand Rapids, MI for Professional Engineering Services for Industrial Pretreatment Program.

5) Authorized the Friends of the Dog Park to fundraise and install lighting for Hannah’s Bark Park and authorized staff to establish a Use Agreement on same.

6) Set Special Meetings for March 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and May 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. for goal setting discussion.

7) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 113 of the City Code regarding telecommunications companies within the public right-of-way and set a public hearing for Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. on same.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

-Approved submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations with a summary of the Commission’s top priorities.

-Authorized the Mt. Pleasant Little League and the Mt. Pleasant Girls Youth Softball to construct a 16’ x 40’ addition to the storage building at Pickens Field and authorized staff to establish a Use Agreement on same.

-Approved Resolution Supporting Amended Rates, Fees and Charges at the Airport as recommended by the Airport Advisory Board.

-Authorized the City Manager to sign the sub-recipient agreement with Northern Initiatives and the MEDC allowing the use of loan funds through June 30, 2021.

-Conducted a work session discussion on priority topics.

Adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for March 25, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for  7 p.m. on March 25, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Consider bids for Island Park Arts Pavilion, Broadway Street reconstruction, and engineering services for industrial pre-treatment program.

-Consider approval of area lighting installation at Hannah’s Bark Park by Friends of the Dog Park and a use agreement on the same.

-Consider approval of construction of an addition to Lions Club building at Pickens Field by Mt. Pleasant Area Girls Youth Softball and Mt. Pleasant Little League and a use agreement on the same.

-Consider resolution supporting amended rates, fees and charges at the airport as recommended by the Airport Advisory Board.

-Introduce an ordinance to amend Chapter 113 of the City Code regarding telecommunications companies within the public right-of-way and set a public hearing for April 8, 2019.

To view the entire meeting agenda packet visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/agenda/city/2019/E-Packet%20for%20March%2025,%202019-reduced.pdf

Canine College planned for Oct. 1; RSVP today!

The City of Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation invites all members of Hannah’s Bark Park, as well as the general public, to attend “Canine College” on Oct. 1 at City Hall.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Kelley Moss, a veterinarian technician and Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club instructor, will offer her expertise on several topics, including:

  • Are all dogs (and humans) good candidates for a dog park?
  • How to prepare your dog for a dog park visit
  • How to read a dog’s body language
  • How to handle dog-to-dog conflicts
  • Behavior tendencies of different breeds

This session is free of charge and open to the public (this event is for humans only, please!). Participants are encouraged to RSVP to Ryan Longoria, director of recreation and sports at (989) 779-5329 or rlongoria@mt-pleasant.org.

2017 Canine College Flyer color