Wonch Park pavilion replacement underway

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By Sara Konkel
Meridian Times staff writer

A proposed $250,000 modification to Wonch Park would add a new octagonal-shaped pavilion with two new grills, three handicapped-accessible picnic tables, four shade trees, water and electricity.

The current pavilion in Wonch Park is flooded and run-down.

The current pavilion in Wonch Park is flooded and run-down.

Meridian Township officials unanimously supported the submission of a $187,500 grant application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Program at the Park Commission meeting March 11. Board members agreed to provide $62,500, funded by the Meridian Township general fund for the proposed Wonch Park Pavilion Replacement Project.

The deadline for applying for the grant is April 1. Trust fund grants are awarded in December.

If the grant request is successful and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Program appropriates the funds, it will be available in 2015.

Construction details will not be configured until after the grant is awarded.

The current pavilion in Wonch Park was built in the 1970s by the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club.

Parks and Land Management Coordinator Jane Greenway said remodeling the pavilion will preserve an amenity important to many recreational groups, school children and boaters.

Greenway said one of the biggest uses of the new pavilion would be for kayakers and fishers who need a break, especially on rainy days.

“We are very pleased to see the attention that is being paid to the Red Cedar River and are enthusiastic about the proposed projects,” president of Lansing Oar and Paddle Club Jay Hanks said.

Indian Hills Homeowners Association President Mike Swartz addressed his concerns of loud noises during evening programs, not having a permeable asphalt trail and the difficulty of getting in and out of Wonch Park.

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