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Lansing plans artificial ice rink on the riverfront, downtown dog park, public cricket field

Posted at 7:21 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 19:21:11-05

LANSING — Lansing’s Parks and Recreation Department's five-year plan to expand and improve parks across the city includes a public cricket field at Frances Park, a dog park near downtown and buying 66 acres east of Fine Park from the Lansing School District.

“We know that the people of Lansing are passionate about their parks and their open spaces and we want to make sure that we are able to put together a great system and put together a great plan for how we will continue to grow in the future,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brett Kaschinske.

The city will also begin work on the historic Moores Park Pool. The pool will need an estimated $1.2 million in repairs in the coming years, but Mark Rodman, executive director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, says preserving that history is important.

“One of the things you can see in photos is this is a pool that was integrated very early and so it was something that all people in Lansing would be able to use. It’s not like the history of one group or that type of thing. It really is the history of people using it all over Lansing and all types of backgrounds,” he said. \

Kaschinske said the biggest change in the coming years will be integrating lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, determining "how do the parks and recreation programs respond to COVID here in the future, how does that look?”

The plan will be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources by February 1st and the city will be able to apply for grants from the state by April 1st. The City Council will review the plan on Wednesday.

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