parkland http://michiganradio.org en Benton Harbor emergency manager sells parkland he shouldn’t have http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-sells-parkland-he-shouldn-t-have <p><strong>Updated 12:30p.m. </strong>- Scott Geerlings with&nbsp;Zeeland, Michigan based&nbsp;Geerlings Development Company says the company bought the parcel for around $102,000.</p><p>Benton Harbor&rsquo;s emergency manager has sold a piece of land that was supposed to be open for public recreation. lot Now a dialysis center is being built on the undeveloped parkland&nbsp;instead.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:45:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8280 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor emergency manager sells parkland he shouldn’t have Free water park an oasis for Grand Rapids neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/free-water-park-oasis-grand-rapids-neighborhood <p>The two acre park is a step towards <a href="http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/download_upload/binary_object_cache/planning_Green_Grand_Rapids_Report_LowRez.pdf">the city&rsquo;s goal </a>to have every Grand Rapids resident live within &frac14; mile of some kind of greenspace. That goal has been difficult to achieve since nearly all of the city&rsquo;s land has already been developed. Plus, city government <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/transforming-city-government-grand-rapids">has been cutting down on spending </a>for years.</p><p>13-year old Ashley Jones remembers the old vacant lot where the park is now. She refered to it as a &lsquo;hot mess&rsquo; before the renovations.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It looked crazy. It had the prickles when you walked it would stick on your shoes. There was no shade or nothing. And it was kind of boring.&rdquo; Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:19:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3086 at http://michiganradio.org Free water park an oasis for Grand Rapids neighborhood State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area http://michiganradio.org/post/state-might-allow-mining-waterloo-recreation-area <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment wants to allow sand and gravel mining in the largest park in the lower peninsula &ndash; the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>The DNRE is considering allowing mining on 72 acres of the 20,000 acre park.</p><p>It would be the first time mining would be allowed in the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>Aggregate Industries, a Maryland-based company and a subsidiary of a Swiss-owned company, wants to do the mining.</p><p>The company has already been mining right on Waterloo&#39;s western boundary. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:32:09 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1549 at http://michiganradio.org State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area