The Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department have wrapped up the renovations at Wonch Park this month. Residents now enjoy a new set of outdoor fitness equipment, a new perimeter loop pathway, a repaved parking lot and a large mural displayed at the entrance of the park. “Wonch Park was really one that we needed to get at,” said LuAnn Maisner, director of Parks and Recreation. “It needed some love, it was tired. It’s one of the oldest parks in our community and was important for us to get that taken care of.”
The outdoor fitness equipment has created a great buzz in the community.
A proposed $250,000 modification to Wonch Park would add a new octagonal-shaped pavilion with two new grills, three handicapped-accessible picnic tables, four shade trees, water and electricity. Meridian Township officials unanimously supported the submission of a $187,500 grant application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Program at the Park Commission meeting March 11. Board members agreed to provide $62,500, funded by the Meridian Township general fund for the proposed Wonch Park Pavilion Replacement Project. The deadline for applying for the grant is April 1. Trust fund grants are awarded in December.