On a night where many residents from the area had come to express their concerns with the Township board, the board meeting was filled to capacity, but the meeting started on a positive note. In a room filled with Meridian Township residents LuAnn Maisner stood out in her yellow blazer as she accepted Meridian Township’s Commitment to Excellence Award. Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks) president, Brett Kaschinske began Meridian Township’s board meeting on Tuesday, March 17 by presenting the Commitment to Excellence Award to Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner. Kaschinske said her high levels of success were deserving of the award. “You have the trails, and parks mileage that you have you have expanded, and done so much for the community,” Kaschinske said.
Meridian Township Parks and Recreation has created a five-year plan to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing diverse park facilities and recreation opportunities where participants are able be free and enjoy themselves. The Parks and Recreation staff led the planning process and preparation of the master plan, with assistance from the elected Park Commission and other township staff members. The intent of this plan is to identify the current and future parks and recreation needs to maintain and improve the quality of life in the community. “This plan serves as a guide for future projects in our community, and it also provides an opportunity for us to obtain input from the community to gauge how they feel about our park system,” said LuAnn Maisner, director of Meridian Township Parks and Recreation. A survey of Meridian Township citizens showed emphatic support for the maintenance, stewardship and development of quality parks and recreation facilities.