Berrien County’s oldest park to receive new look & 32-acre expansion, if approved

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM EDT
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Niles, Mich. (WNDU) - For decades, Madeline Bertrand County Park in Niles has been home to many visitors.

For folks like Buchanan resident Cory Scoggin, who showed up to play at the park’s disc golf course Tuesday morning, he says he has been a visitor ever since he was a kid.

“How long have you been coming here?,” 16 News Now asked Scoggin. “Since I was probably 12-13 and I’m 30 now,” Scoggin replied.

The park also stands as one of Berrien County’s oldest parks that has attracted visitors like Bristol resident Fred Estrup for more than 30 years.

“It’s one of the oldest ones in the area,” Estrup says.

But in a matter of days, Madeline Bertrand County Park could be getting the face-lift in needs to help bring it up to par.

According to Berrien County Park Director Jill Adams, a grant, if approved by the county board, could land the park up to 32 acres of additional land adjacent to the park.

A map on the county’s website shows the park’s master expansion plan. In it includes: a new wedding gazebo, new shelters, a new visitor lodge , improved disc golf, more parking and campsites, new trails, and a new winter skating and skiing connection.

All new additions to the park that have both Scoggin and Estrup pumped to play on the park’s new and improved course.

“I’m glad of it. It’s a great park. It’s really pretty here. The people are nice,” Estrup says.

“It’s exciting, yeah. It’s about time, really. I myself have been an avid disc golfer since I was a kid so it’s exciting knowing they are going to finally start renovating it and getting it up to par,” Scoggin says.

Funding for the Madeline Bertrand County Park is up for approval this Thursday. June 10th. For more information about the park, or to view the park’s master plan, click here.

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