New picnic structure coming to Hawk Island Park

By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Next year, visitors to Hawk Island County Park in Lansing will have a new space for picnics and parties. Ingham County parks allocated $11,000 this fall to construct the Hawk Island Cabana picnic structure which will hold around 50 people and have picnic tables. A large portion of this project is funded by a $5,000 donation from the Friends of Ingham County Parks. The remaining construction costs will be covered by a $6,000 allocation from the Ingham County Capital Improvement Fund. Hawk Island Park has over 450,000 visitors each year making it the busiest park in the Ingham County Parks system.

Touch-a-Truck raises money for Ingham County parks

By Maleah Egelston

Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

At the second annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser children had the opportunity to see, sit in and even operate vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The event, held Sept. 21 at Hawk Island County Park in Lansing, was put on by the Friends of Ingham County Parks to raise money for improvements. Companies and organizations from around the county including Meijer, Delhi Township Fire and Consumers Energy supplied the vehicles for Touch-A-Truck. Representatives from the companies were on site to help children view, try out and learn all about their vehicles.

Zoo to charge in winter; will march in the moose

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham County staff writer

This is the first year Potter Park Zoo is charging admission from November to March. Coming up at Potter Park Zoo is March in The Moose. On March 15, the zoo will hold the March In the Moose benefit from 6-9:30 p.m. at Potter House. There will be dinner, an animal presentation and a performance by concert pianist Sergei Kvitko. This event will help fund the transportation of the Moose’s from Alaska and help make Lansing feel like their home.

Parks Department seeks community input

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY — Karen Fraser wants Ingham County residents to help decide the future of the area’s parks. After all, it’s the public who owns them. “They’re not my Ingham County parks or not the Parks Department’s parks,” said Fraser, who is secretary and treasurer for Friends of Ingham County Parks, a nonprofit organization that works to improve local parks. “They’re something the community owns, so (citizens) really should have the opportunity to have a say.”

This opportunity came in January when Ingham County Parks allowed citizens to offer input on its 2012-2016 Master Plan — a plan which establishes a framework for coming decision-making within the department. More than 700 park users, including Fraser, completed a voluntary online survey on which they detailed what park officials should do not only to maintain the quality of the parks and to improve these sites.