Chelsea Parks Commission visits Veterans Park, continues discussions for master plan updates

By Seth Kinker,

The Chelsea Parks and Recreation Commission (CPRC) looks to update its master plan yearly.  This year, they’ve been visiting the three parks the city has to take an up-close look at the improvements that need to be made and ideas for future improvements.

Phased improvements were approved last year for Pierce Park, at the last CPRC meeting they visited Timbertown Park, and on June 4 they visited Veterans Park.

While the funding vessel that was to be used for the Pierce Park improvements changed, it doesn’t change the planned updates to the park, just the timing. This summer, they’ll focus on three specific updates to Pierce Park: trail connections to make the park more accessible; a second smaller gazebo; and landscaping.

When they visited Timbertown park at their last CPRC they talked about their priority of preserving the greenspace of the park. Another shelter was discussed as a potential addition and screening the port-a-potty and garbage, much like the Pierce Park planned improvements.

In the short term, maintenance is the name of the game for Timbertown Park but long-term decisions will have to be made pertaining to reconstruction.

During the walkthrough of Veteran’s Park on June 4, Mayor Melissa Johnson told The Sun Times that the CPRC liked the idea of continuing the quiet, reflective aura of the park.

“One of a couple of things we talked about, we’re still working on the progress of the Letts Creek Linear Park,” said Johnson. “Where that will come in will determine what may need to be rearranged.”

Johnson also said they discussed the ageing boat that doesn’t have an “appropriate fall zone” around it anymore with the brick memorials close by.

“Everything is squeezed into one spot,” said Johnson. “As it ages out, do we want to replace it? Do we have a better site for it? It’s something we have to explore more; we’ve made no decisions on that.”

Starting June 18 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and continuing every Tuesday until Aug. 13, there are games and activities planned at local parks and locations in town called “Rec It” Tuesdays. Different community organizations host them to provide fun, free activities during the summer.

On June 25 the CPRC will be hosting Knockerball and on July 23 Ultimate Frisbee, both at TImbertown Park.

Knockerball is like soccer, except while playing everyone is in a see-through inflated orb that allows you to run into other players and bounce off of each other. During their July 23 hosted activity, they’ll also have a Dinosaur Egg Hunt for the younger kids.



Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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