By Seth Kinker,

The Chelsea Parks and Recreation Commission met last week and discussed the upcoming May 16 Pierce Park public input session.

Pierce Park is one of many items addressed in the City of Chelsea’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan that goes from 2015-2019.


Short term goals included maintenance on the gazebo, re-designing of parking space, and adding more seating and bike racks. Long term goals included new play structures and a complete redesign of the park.

The Pierce Park public input session, taking place at Pierce Park from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., will offer the community its first chance to share thoughts on all of these topics and more.

The commission walked the proposed new design of the park with Meg Gower, the landscape architect who has come up with the initial redesign of the park, at their May 1 meeting.

They also established how the session will work, with different stations throughout the park and members of the commission on hand to answer any questions. A new path, gazebo, play structure, seating areas, garden, and restroom enclosure are a few highlights that the draft has included.

In addition to the members at various stations, large pictures will be available near the proposed improved areas, so people will be able to see what it will look like. One of the big changes to the park would be the relocation of the rock at the front of the park. The idea of moving the rock is to make the park more accessible, while making sure the rock is still visible for expressions.

The rock tradition began back in 1956 and the rock was even saved by a committee made by Barb Fredette, John Klink, and Jan Tuttle in 1987 when there were talks about reburying the boulder to end the paintings. Klink used two front-end loaders to move the rock to Pierce Park on May 20, 1989, where it has remained since.

In lieu of the rock at the front of the park, a front garden could be installed, with the possibility of help from the University of Michigan through a Ginsberg Community Engagement Grant, which would include something uniquely designed for the park.

With the cost of the project to be around $250,000, funding for the improvements will come in the next fiscal year. The commission has applied for funding from grants and Patronicity – a civic crowdfunding platform.




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