Berrien County parks seeking input for five-year plan

NILES, Mich. -- The Berrien County Parks Commission wants the public to weigh in on what priorities they'd like to see in their five-year plan.

The commission held the first of two meetings Wednesday night to gather public input.

The five-year plan helps guide the commission when it comes to maintenance and improvements.

One of the areas they're considering expanding, based on public feedback, is the disc golf course at Madeline Bertrand County Park.

"We know our disc golf course has about 20,000 rounds of golf every year," said Parks Director Brian Bailey. "We would like to expand on that need and see if we can put in another nine holes or possibly 18 holes."

That's welcome news to the people who play the course on a regular basis.

"Me and my friends come here everyday to play disc golf religiously," said Milten Berger. "A little more disc golf would be nice."

Bailey says they've also heard from some people who would like to see picnic and pavilion facilities expanded. Some would like to be able to drive right up to the structures, instead of having to park a short distance away in a lot.

"We have 100 facility reservations at this park every year," Bailey said. "We know we need to expand an indoor facility for the public."

A second public meeting to gather input is scheduled for Thursday at Love Creek County Park from 6 to 7 p.m.

People can also send written comments to Berrien County Parks Commission, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

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