Delta Township opens new Mount Hope Park

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Connie Rahbany

Delta Township’s new public park, Mount Hope Park, includes two youth baseball fields, soccer fields, a bathrooms and concessions building, playground and pavilion center. The 60-acre park’s grand opening was on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Delta Township opened a new public park on Oct. 5. The park, called Mount Hope Park, is located on the crossroads of Nixon Road and East Mount Hope Highway.

“Mount Hope Park will be the home of all youth recreation programs and sports teams,” Ken Fletcher, Delta Township’s supervisor, said. “We’ve been using borrowed fields, so having our own home for our youth recreation programs would greatly improve the experience for teams and parents.”

There are no township parks west of I-96. By building Mount Hope Park, the township will be making park facilities  more accessible for the people in the area, Fletcher said.

“I definitely think it would be a good thing for the kids in the area,” said Kendall Kroenke, the front end manager at a nearby Menards and the mother of a 3-year-old. “I know that the other parks around here are outdated, so I think it’s a good idea.”

The last park that the township opened was Hunters Orchard Park, a walking and nature park, in the early 2000s, Fletcher said. Public parks provide important elements to the communities that they are in which include recreational, social and environmental benefits, as stated by Delta Township’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan for 2018-2022.

“Any park benefits the community,” said Marta Ford, a retired grandmother.

The park is 60 acres and includes two youth baseball fields, soccer fields, a bathrooms and concessions building, playground, pavilion center that can be rented and more than a mile of walking pathways, according to the Delta Township Parks and Recreation Department.

“It’ll be a nice place to hold sporting games in the area,” said Heidi Estes, the general manager of a nearby McDonald’s and a mother of two teenagers.

Township officials hope the park will help grow their youth programs.

“I would take my grandkids,” Ford said. “We have volleyball, baseball and soccer players in the family.”

The construction of the park was done in phases, with two currently done, that added up to $3 million, Fletcher said. Park plans include space for additional ballfields and other growth.

“Hopefully it will keep the kids out of trouble and help them get to know each other,” Kroenke said.

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