Schmidt Heritage Park plan undergoes changes

Alexander Sinn • Sep 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The Grand Haven Township Board decided during a special session Monday night to hold off on approving the proposed Schmidt Heritage Park.

The approval for the agreement of the donated park land was removed from the board’s meeting agenda after changes were proposed by the property’s owners.

The new proposal clarifies that donations and grants can be recognized by name in park signage, Township Manager Bill Cargo explained, and a fence will be installed to remove access from the adjacent Cutter Park subdivision to the park’s east.

The park is located between Ferris and Lincoln streets.

A conceptual plan for the 75-acre park, approved in July, includes two baseball diamonds, two softball diamonds, two youth baseball diamonds, three youth soccer fields, four multipurpose fields, 12 pickleball courts and a 1.5-mile jogging path. There would be parking with about 516 spaces, and restrooms would also be constructed.

Board members discussed the total cost of the project, which is estimated at between $8 million and $12 million. Township Trustee Ron Redick said the lack of time constraints on the project will allow for new funding to be acquired as needed.

“This is not going to be done in a very short period of time,” Cargo said. “It’s going to take time to develop the sources of the money.”

Schmidt Heritage Park could also impact concepts for the $6 million Hofma Vision plan for the recently acquired Wolfe property adjacent to the township’s Hofma Preserve. The Hofma Vision was approved by the Township Board in July, with plans that include hiking trails, sports fields, art installations and improved wildlife habitat.

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