COOPERSVILLE — Ground has been broken for a new picnic pavilion at Sheridan Park in Polkton Township, and now the park committee is looking for help shouldering the cost. 

Officials say the actual “barn raising” will be held in the spring, once the large beams are available for construction.

The estimated cost of the pavilion is $30,000. A committee member said that just over $2,000 had been raised for the project as of September.

Area residents have been able to use the park, located on 64th Avenue north of Cleveland Street, since the land was donated in 2003.

The late Dr. Harold “Red” Sheridan, a longtime local veterinarian and former Polkton Township trustee, donated this 57-acre parcel to the township with the understanding that the land would be used to establish Sheridan Park. Sheridan wanted to provide a place where the community could participate in physical activity while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

In 2008, a Sheridan Park Committee was established to plan and develop the park. The committee has focused on fulfilling Sheridan’s wishes by coordinating the construction of boardwalks and bridges, which permits access to the entire park; developing pedestrian trails for exercise; establishing picnic areas; and installing benches along the paths.  

The park holds scenic features such as Deer Creek, Beaver Creek, Fox Creek, abundant wildlife, unique plants and wild flowers, wooded areas, and grassy highlands. A 50-foot suspension bridge spans Deer Creek and connects the lower portion of the park with the highlands.

The parking lot off 64th Avenue is plowed during the winter and the trails are groomed for walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Access to the park is available from the 64th Avenue parking lot and Cleveland Street pedestrian entrance. Limited access is available through a pedestrian entrance in the back of the Coopersville/Polkton Cemetery.

Funds may be donated through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation/Coopersville Foundation or the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce. Donate online at www.ghafc.org, or send donations to: Coopersville Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 205, Coopersville, MI 49404-0205. Direct the gift to the Sheridan Park Pavilion.

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