For suburban Americans, the idea of a public park seems like a rite of passage, an important facet in all our coming-of-age stories. But how many of us know what elements make a park a good park?
Anna Bigelow and her daughter Sarah, 3 in May, on the playground at Valhalla Park in Holt.
Luckily for residents of the Greater Lansing Area, the Holt-Delhi parks department seems to have the answers.
Recently under new leadership, the new director, Troy Stowell is a longtime parks department employee and Holt resident has been in charge for the past month. “I’m actually a Holt resident myself so when this position came open at the end of 2021 it felt like a natural fit to come in and apply to see if I can better the parks system and improve my hometown,” says Stowell. This may be a tough initiative as Delhi Township already boasts an impressive list of parks as well as roughly 9 miles of interurban trails and pathways for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. The trails are a combination of paved walking paths and hiking trails to ensure accessibility and connect the Holt community with the Lansing River Trail (a 25.3-mile paved path along Grand River).
According to Parks and Recreation Director Troy Stowell, the Holt-Delhi parks department has plans to continue expanding the trails due to their popularity.
“Our trail system here in Holt I think is second to none.