The new stage at Rayner Park is generously being covered by community donations.
The construction costs for the stage will total $16,000 with $10,000 coming from the Rotary Club of Mason, $3,000 from the Mason State Bank Foundation, and the final $3,000 donated by the Mason State Bank itself.
“This will not be [done] through tax payer dollars, just through donations,” explained City Administrator Martin Colburn.
Rayner Park was the first county wide park. Abandoned by the county, it was recently adopted by the City of Mason about one year ago. Located next to the Ingham County fair grounds, on the east side of the city, it has already been re-opened for public recreation and enjoyment.
With less staff members and more parks, it has been tougher to get things done, explained Colburn. “We’ve relied a lot on volunteers, and the volunteers are helping the city get the job done,” said Colburn. The basketball court was in terrible shape. Recently, two asphalt companies donated to have the court redone.
The 60 acre Rayner Park offers many opportunities for the family. The park currently contains a sand volleyball court, a little league baseball court, soccer fields, a nine hold disc golf course, a wooden playground, horseshoe pits, and a BBQ and picnic area. The park also boasts of a mature woodlot with numerous nature trails as well as an educational tree identification system.
Currently, Mason is looking for donations for the much needed electrical for the stage.
For more information, please visit http://www.mason.mi.us/parks.htm.