golf course http://michiganradio.org en Is a golf course a public park? http://michiganradio.org/post/golf-course-public-park <p>The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on the dispute around Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor.</p><p>In 1917, some land along Lake Michigan was given to the city of Benton Harbor. The &quot;<a href="http://www.savejeanklockpark.org/">Friends of Jean Klock Park</a>&quot; describe the gift this way:</p><blockquote><p><span class="text"><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">In 1917, </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">John and Carrie Klock<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span></span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">deeded a half mile of lake Michigan frontage</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> to the </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">City of Benton Harbor M</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ichigan in memory of their deceased daughter Jean. </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">T</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">heir </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">gift</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> consisted of</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> 90 </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">acres </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">o</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">f</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> globally rare </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">natural </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">res</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ources </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">t</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">hat </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">i</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ncluded</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> Great Lakes </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Dunes</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">,</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> a</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> Great Lakes </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Mars</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">h </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">and interdunal wetlands</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">. The </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">donated </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">land </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">was</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> named </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Jean Klock Park </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">and </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">was </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">dedicated</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> &quot;</span></font><b><font color="#06598b" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">FOR THE CHILDREN</span></font></b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">&quot;</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> -</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> &quot;</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">i</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">n perpetuity&quot; - </span></font><b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">&quot;FOREVER</span></font></b><b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">.&quot;</span></font></b></span></p></blockquote><p>Today, the city of Benton Harbor has leased <em>part </em>of the park to the <a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/">Harbor Shores Community Redevelop</a><a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/"> Corporation</a>. The Redevelop Corporation used the land, including sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline for 3 holes of an 18 hole golf course.</p><p>Residents didn&#39;t like it and they filed a lawsuit. The case made it to the Michigan Supreme Court yesterday. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:52:55 +0000 Mark Brush 971 at http://michiganradio.org Is a golf course a public park? MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-supreme-court-hear-dispute-over-benton-harbor-golf-course <p>Attorneys will <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/Clerk/01-11/140685/140685-Index.html">make their case</a> before <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">Michigan&rsquo;s Supreme Court</a> Friday over a disputed <a href="http://www.harborshoresgolf.com/layout10.asp?id=213&amp;page=6664">Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course</a> in <a href="http://www.bentonharborcity.com/">Benton Harbor</a>. The course <a href="http://www.mlive.com/golf/index.ssf/2010/08/jack_nicklaus_says_his_harbor.html">opened last summer</a>.</p><p>Nearly a century ago, the Jean Klock Park was donated to the city of Benton Harbor for public recreation. The city leased part of the 90-acre park to non-profit developer <a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/">Harbor Shores Community Redevelop</a> Corporation, who used land including sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline for 3 holes of an 18 hole golf course.</p><p><a href="http://www.dickinson-wright.com/atty2.aspx?user_id=cameronj">John Cameron</a> represents the developers.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not focusing here on three golf holes, we&rsquo;re focusing here on the entirety of a park and what its being used for, all the different uses; picnicking, hiking, kite-flying, volleyball, concerts, triathlons, and golf.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan&rsquo;s Court of Appeals agreed with Cameron that designating part of it as a golf course is not against the restrictions. It also ruled that the city is allowed to lease the land. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:36:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 957 at http://michiganradio.org MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course DNR approves Benton Harbor Golf Course http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-approves-benton-harbor-golf-course <p><span class="article-content"><span>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved developers plans to build part of a golf course over a Benton Harbor beachfront park.<br /><br />Developers want to build a golf course resort along Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor. The plan calls for three of holes to be inside Jean Klock Park.<br /><br />Residents opposed to the golf course say the development is illegal and will destroy the sand dunes. But they didn&#39;t get a chance to make their case because the D-N-R approved the plan without discussion or a public meeting.<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:28:01 +0000 Vincent Duffy 2158 at http://michiganradio.org