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Dimondale has been working on Danford Island Park for 15 years. This may be the year they finish.

Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 18:46:43-05

LANSING, Mich. — Dimondale has been making improvements on Danford Island Park for well over a decade. City leaders are hoping this is the year they finish.

The project began in 2006 when a dilapidated dam was removed from the Grand River.

The city has since made numerous upgrades such as the bridge across the mill race, history placards on benches, fishing docks and two river overlooks, not to mention cleaning up what had once been derelict property.

The process has been slow and expensive, said Dimondale President Ralph Reznick. The overall cost of the project is $210,000 with most of that, $126,000 dollars coming from the National Resources trust fund.

Reznick says they’re short $84,000 but plans to host fundraisers to raise the rest of the money.

The upgrades won’t stop there, the city plans to add bathrooms, improve the walking trails and add a gazebo. These are the more expensive parts of the project, but with the gazebo they plan to build, Reznick hopes to see more community engagement, maybe live music or summer weddings.

“It's a nice little nature walk, do some fishing, you know, all those things. And it gives gives our community, the village, the township, county residents the ability to do that,” says Reznick.

Although the project is till in progress, the park is available for everyone to enjoy.

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