By Andrea Raby
Mason Times staff writer
In 2010, Rayner Park should have closed. Despite its history, Ingham County no longer had the budget to keep the park going. But thanks to the City of Mason and its citizens, Rayner Park is still a place to play.
Since Ingham County’s announcement in 2010, Mason has worked closely with the Rayner Park Rally Club many other community groups and businesses to save a park that means a lot to the community.
“It’s historic in the fact that it’s the very first Ingham County park,” said City Administrator Marty Colburn. “Initially they wanted a fairly sizable sum for us to purchase it from them.”
Colburn said the city negotiated the sum down so that every year for six years, Mason pays one dollar to Ingham County. At the end that period Ingham will turn the park over to Mason for one dollar. Colburn said Ingham County was spending $44,000 a year on the park’s upkeep. Continue reading