Reaction has been mixed to Wolverine Lake’s plans to build sports fields on the west side of the 13-acre Clara Miller Park.
The master plan calls for the construction of two soccer fields and two baseball diamonds on the west side of the park at an estimated cost of $920,000.
The estimated project cost of $920,000 will include two soccer fields, two ball diamonds and a fence. A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at 425 Glengary Road.
City Administrator Nathan Burd said the city has received both positive and negative feedback on the master plan.
“The biggest reaction is to the redesign of the sports field, which includes two football fields and two baseball fields,” Burd said. “People around the park have expressed concerns about this. People also expressed positive comments about it.
CW3 Soccer Association president Todd Lamb said his organization has always tried to answer everyone’s questions about the proposed project.
“We want to provide full transparency in an open forum and answer any questions residents may have,” Lamb said.
Burd said some residents are concerned about increased traffic as well as noise from games being played in the park.
“We’re not about to launch an offer,” Burd said. “We didn’t even contact the contractors to get a cost estimate. This will be a topic of discussion over the next few months. »
According to the master plan, the construction and maintenance of the football pitches would be the responsibility of the CW3 Football Association, based in Walled Lake, while the city would be responsible for providing a water source for irrigation, updated fencing and parking facilities to accommodate an additional 94 vehicles. The estimated cost of parking is $250,000.
Baseball fields would be installed and maintained by the city, unless a local baseball organization comes forward to help defray the costs of developing and maintaining the fields.
In July 2016, the village council allocated funds for the development of a master plan for the park.
From September 12, 2016 to November 1, 2016, the city made available an online survey for residents to give their opinion of the park.
“We used resident feedback when creating our draft master plan,” Burd said. “We want the opinion of the public before moving forward on anything. We are now in the process of collecting public comments on the draft master plan. »
On October 4, 2016, the village council responded to questions from residents regarding the development of the park.
In March, the village council was approached by the CW3 Soccer Association with plans for two football pitches, 110m by 70m in the park, which they would build and maintain.
“They (CW3 Soccer Association) are offering to hold spring and fall practices and games there,” Burd said.