city parks http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, November 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-4th-2013 <div><p>Voters in Detroit go to the polls tomorrow, and no matter who gets elected to be that city's next Mayor, crime will be one of the problems they'll have to tackle. On today's show, we looked past the city's financial struggles to curbing the violence in Detroit.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we found out about a "flipped school" - one of the first in the nation. Students watch lectures at night and do homework during the day in class.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, a Grand Rapids park millage will take park funding out of the city's general fund. We spoke with one of the supports of the millage to find out why voters should consider it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, a Canadian photographer found beauty in the ruins of Detroit. He joined us to talk about his exhibit.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>First on the show, o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ne of the most emotionally charged issues in Michigan in 2013 has been wolves.</span></p><p>After teetering on the brink of extinction, the gray wolf population has rebounded so much so that earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allows a first-ever state wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>That historic hunt begins November 15.</p><p>Forty-three wolves can be shot in three UP zones where officials say they have the most problems.</p><p>During the legislative debate on the wolf hunt, lawmakers from the UP spoke with passion about the "fear" their constituents had of the wolves, worrying for the safety of livestock, pets, even small children.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with the point man on wolves for the DNR. Adam Bump told Steve that wolves had become very accustomed to life in Ironwood.</p><blockquote><p>"So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors, while they're pounding on it, exhibiting no fear."</p></blockquote><p>But an&nbsp;MLive investigation into the historic wolf hunt raises some serious questions about the debate, about claims made by opponents, and about the DNR's Bump.</p><p>John Barnes is reporting on this for MLive in a series called "Crying Wolf," and he joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:57:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 15120 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 4th, 2013 Grand Rapids millage dedicates funding for parks http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-millage-dedicates-funding-parks <p>Election day 2013 is a big day for those who want to see better parks in Grand Rapids.</p><p>A coalition is hoping to get voters to approve a dedicated millage for city parks.</p><p>The millage campaign has raised the conversation: just what do people want in their city? And how much are they willing to pay to have a good park system?</p><p>Steve Faber is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.friendsofgrparks.org/">Friends of Grand Rapids Parks</a> and he's a member of "Neighbors for Parks, Pools and Playgrounds," the citizen advocacy group proposing this millage. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:55:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15115 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids millage dedicates funding for parks Supporters: Parks millage would end era of “spit-shine and chewing gum” maintenance http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-parks-millage-would-end-era-spit-shine-and-chewing-gum-maintenance <p>A coalition in Grand Rapids wants voters to approve a dedicated millage for city parks in November.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.yesgrparks.com/">campaign to get people to vote for the millage kicked off </a>in an abandoned wading pool at a city park. It’s not safe anymore and will be torn up this fall. There’s no money to replace it.</p><p>Jenn Gavin watches her three year old, Milo, playing on the other side of a chain-link fence around the empty pool. She says they walk to this park regularly.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:01:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14315 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters: Parks millage would end era of “spit-shine and chewing gum” maintenance Bing announces park closures after Belle Isle deal is rejected http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-announces-park-closures-after-belle-isle-deal-rejected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Detroit will close 50 parks in the spring because of the City Council’s inaction on a proposal to make Belle Isle into a state park.</span></p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says that would have freed up about $6 million for the city to invest in other parks and recreation centers—and that effectively means $6 million they’d counted on to bolster other park services have disappeared.</p><p>So the city is responding by making cuts: closing 50 parks, limiting&nbsp;maintenance at another 38, and canceling plans to extend rec center&nbsp;hours and add 50 employees.</p><p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:14:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11059 at http://michiganradio.org Bing announces park closures after Belle Isle deal is rejected Commissioners discuss tobacco ban in Ironwood city parks http://michiganradio.org/post/commissioners-discuss-tobacco-ban-ironwood-city-parks <p>The city of Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula could soon join a handful of Michigan cities that ban smoking in city parks.</p><p>On Monday, city commissioners met to discuss a proposal that would ban all tobacco use in Ironwood city parks.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:12:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10781 at http://michiganradio.org Commissioners discuss tobacco ban in Ironwood city parks Governor Snyder proposes 599-mile recreational trail http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-proposes-599-mile-recreational-trail <p>Soon, Michigan bicyclists might be able to pedal across the state on a new trail spanning both peninsulas.</p><p>Governor Snyder proposed the idea for the 599-mile path in his speech on the environment yesterday.</p><p>The trail would connect the state's existing asphalt, dirt, and gravel trails.</p><p>The route would wind from Belle Isle in Detroit, to the Mackinac Bridge and across the U.P. to Wisconsin.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Ron Olson runs the state’s parks and recreation division.</p><p>He says obstacles to the plan include building paths on private lands and securing more funding.<br><br>"There is no yet-defined pot of money to be able to say, 'Well, we’re going to do this,'" he said.</p><p>Olson says he expects the funds to come from state and federal grants. He estimates the trail will be complete in five years.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:58:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10137 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder proposes 599-mile recreational trail Lansing park land moves closer to getting a 'For Sale' sign http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-park-land-moves-closer-getting-sale-sign <p>The Waverly golf course in Lansing could be a developer&rsquo;s dream.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>City council president Brian Jeffries calls the 120 acre parcel of parkland &lsquo;prime development property.&rsquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the city council has been waffling on whether to ask voters for permission to sell the property.&nbsp;</p><p>But now&hellip;it appears likely the council will put the issue on the August ballot when it meets on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:51:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 5866 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing park land moves closer to getting a 'For Sale' sign