Jaycee and Oak parks to undergo expansions in near future

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Two of Grand Ledge’s most well-known parks are getting a makeover. Starting this construction season, Jaycee Park and Oak Park will be undergoing expansions. The motion was brought forward at the April 11 City Council meeting. The additions will be made to fit the needs of the community, according to City Administrator Adam Smith. “The acquisition will provide for the expansion of Jaycee Park and enhance a connector trail for the existing river walk and new non-motorized trail facility,” said Smith.

Canoeist denied Grand River shore access has no right to sue, court says

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — A nonprofit environmental group had the right to deny a canoeist access to its shoreline property to test for contamination in Grand River sediments near Jackson, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The three-judge panel unanimously rejected arguments by Peter Bormuth of Jackson that the Grand River Environmental Action Team — known as GREAT — had breached a fiduciary duty, meaning a duty of trust, with him. The Grand River, Michigan’s longest, flows westward for about 260 miles from its headwaters in Jackson County, through Lansing and Grand Rapids, before emptying into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. Fifteen counties are in its watershed, including Ottawa, Montcalm, Mecosta and Kent. In March 2013, the state transferred the six-acre parcel in Blackman Township to GREAT, which intends to build a public boat launch there, according to court filings.

Old Town and Lansing: a sibling relationship

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
Old Town Lansing.  Even in its own name, Old Town has to share Lansing.  The same can be said at most intersections in Old Town.  Buildings in downtown Lansing can be seen down almost any road in Old Town that leads south towards the Capitol Building. For some, seeing downtown Lansing means more possibilities to help grow Old Town.

Recreation on Grand River making a splash

By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

At 5 p.m. on an early October Saturday, Don Angelo and his family of four had just taken a nice dip in the Grand River. Unintentionally, of course, as one of their canoes slowly rotated clockwise into murky submersion, but a refreshing swim nonetheless. Although their experience was cold, muddy, and wet, the Angelos had an enjoyable weekend tour of their city, an aquatic safari through the heart of Lansing’s urban jungle. “We did it this spring, we did it this fall. It was a good time, man, real good time,” Angelo, a life-long Lansing resident, said about canoeing through Lansing.

Green infrastructure projects improve Grand Ledge recreation and quality of life

By Hannah Watts
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE — Green infrastructure is increasingly relevant to Michigan, the region and the country. With five Great Lakes and two peninsulas, Michigan represents connectivity. “Many people think green infrastructure has to do with just energy, but really green infrastructure is any infrastructure that is sensitive to the environment,” said Jon Bayless, Grand Ledge city administrator. With green infrastructure improvements well underway in Grand Ledge, such as possible dam deconstruction, recreational trail extensions and rain gardens, community support is essential. “The community has been very supportive of locally-initiated and state-mandated efforts to build and maintain a green infrastructure,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge.

Spring could mean floods for Old Town

By Kasey Worst
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING­­ – As winter winds down and snow begins to melt, flooding along the Grand River may become an issue for Old Town. Potential to flood
Ronda Oberlin, emergency management specialist for the Lansing Office of Emergency Management, said the large amount of snow that built up over the winter makes the potential for a flood in the spring higher than it has been for quite a while. She also said the Grand River, which runs through Old Town, can flood very early in the spring. “We don’t know when the next melt is gonna happen,” Oberlin said. “And that’s when we’re gonna have problems–when the snow starts to melt. If it melts nice and slow than it won’t be as big of a problem as if it melts really quickly.”

Additionally, Oberlin said the City of Lansing cannot do much to prevent flooding.

Redevelopment in the works for the county's busiest corridor

By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
        After a week of discussions and planning by local business leaders, politicians and community members, plans for restructuring and revitalizing one of the county’s busiest corridors are becoming clearer. The project, part of the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability, is designed to improve the area along Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue which stretches almost 20 miles from Lansing to Webberville.         The main components of the project are making the corridor more walkable, increasing green space, improving existing infrastructure and new commercial and residential buildings to make the area more livable and desirable, said Victor Dover, a leaders of the project.         “New development revitalizes the character of an area, but our priority is to add, not destroy,” Dover said. “We want to build upon what’s already there and rejuvenate the area.”

Leading the project is Bill Lennertz, executive director of the Portland based National Charrette Institute.

Bagger Dave's bagging out new business

By Elliot Grandia
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

EAST LANSING — There’s a new kid on the block, in terms of burger eateries. Bagger Dave’s opened up for business on Sept. 17, according to General Manager Teresa Goss, joining the ranks of other burger establishments in East Lansing like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Peanut Barrel. The East Lansing venue is the fifth Bagger Dave’s to open, Goss said, adding that the franchise is expanding to Grand Rapids, too. “We chose this area because of constant flow of traffic coming into the area.