From the Director's Desk
As we look forward to 2016, I am especially excited about the new Ingham County Trails Millage and the benefits it will deliver to metro Lansing. The county is now developing a plan to spend the millage proceeds – approximately $3.4 million each year – to maintain and expand the region’s network of non-motorized recreational trails, especially the nationally-recognized Lansing River Trail. The River Trail truly is a regional asset that deserves regional financial support – and now has it. As you may be aware, numerous sections of the River Trail need major repairs right now and regular maintenance in the future. The county trails millage has been earmarked by voters for this purpose. We must ensure that resources are properly deployed to keep the River Trail in top condition so it continues to be a safe and enjoyable resource for the thousands of recreational users from across metro Lansing and beyond. Please visit the Ingham County Parks website for more information and contact your county commissioners to give input on this valuable resource. 2015 was an excellent year for Lansing’s Parks and Recreation Department as we opened Beacon Soccer Field, saw the overwhelming approval of the Lansing Parks Millage renewal and completed an update of our 5-year Master Plan.
Thank you once again for all of your support for these efforts. Also, stay tuned for great news about the re-opening of the Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center swimming pool after major renovations. Beat the winter blues and sign up for classes at the Schmidt Center or participate in an open swim at this wonderful community resource! Thanks so much for all your support. Please let us know how we can serve you better through Lansing’s terrific Parks and Recreation programs and facilities.