From the Director's Desk
The City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department is coming off another outstanding summer and we have plenty more to offer you for the fall season! This edition of the Community Activities Guide is packed with recreational opportunities for people of all ages. As Mayor, I am exceptionally proud of our parks and recreation system and the many programs and services we offer to the community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our community volunteers who help make our parks and recreation programs and facilities the best they can be. Behind the scenes at nearly every parks and recreation event is a dedicated crew of volunteers who believe in the power of making a difference by giving of their personal time. Our parks and young people are the beneficiaries of the hard work and community spirit of these civic-minded citizens.
To facilitate the work of our volunteers, I'm pleased to report that Lansing's Parks and Recreation Department was recently awarded a grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation that will enable us to purchase a Volunteer Tool Trailer. This trailer will be outfitted with various hand tools that are essential to many volunteer projects.
I'm also pleased to report that our Parks and Recreation Department has installed new and innovative playground equipment at the Gier, Davis, Letts and Baker Donora Playgrounds. This new equipment consists of the Classic Dome – a spider web dome that captures the enjoyable and challenging nature of pure climbing with no limits – and the Super Nova, which is designed to encourage individual, competitive or cooperative play by harnessing the effects of gravity with a unique, slanted ring configuration.
Once again I invite you to join us this fall at Fenner Nature Center for the annual Apple Butter Festival on October 11th and 12th. With Halloween right around the corner, you're also invited to bring the kids and come to the Candyland event on Friday, October 24 at the Alfreda Schmidt South Side Community Center. For more information about these and other parks and recreation events and programs, feel free to visit the Lansing Parks and Recreation website at www.lansingmi.gov/parks, where you can also register online for our latest programs and activities.
I look forward to seeing you this fall in one of our terrific city parks or at one of our city-sponsored parks and recreation programs. In the meantime, keep enjoying your parks, your programs and your community!