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County parks master plan

A county parks system featuring larger parcels with greater, natural-resource-based recreational opportunities was identified as a major component of the St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department newly developed master plan.

John Pence, director of the agency, presented a summary of the five-year plan to members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. He said instead of operating numerous smaller parks that provide limited recreational attractions, the larger concept incorporating lakes and rivers appears to be in demand.

The top goals identified in the plan focus of the development and enhancement of existing parks and facilities, acquisition of additional park lands, and the development of canoeing and kayaking sites along the county’s many streams and rivers, Pence said.

Pence said other projects identified in the plan include developing indoor facilities for public use at Rawson’s King Mill and Meyer Broadway Park; installing a bridge, boardwalks and additional trails at Timm County Park; and development of the 36-acre Feek property on Olney Road in Leonidas Township.

A resolution to adopt the five-year plan was approved unanimously.