The Wolverine Lake Parks and Recreation Committee convened on Monday, Feb. 28 to discuss long-term community initiatives, which could include building so-called “pocket parks” in specific locations in the village.
The goal to purchase and erect playscapes aligns with the Village Council’s goals outlined last month. The council wants to invest in pocket parks in the southern or eastern part of the village that are further from its main park, Clara Miller.
“Pocket parks are popping up here and there organically and make nice enhancements in the community,” said Village Council President John Magee. “Clara Miller is an outstanding park for the northwest side of the village, but it’s a little remote for those on the southern or eastern side and especially for moms with little kids. Pocket parks provide an alternative to walk to.”
A trio of possible first locations for the mini-parks include the Helmsford pump house property, Oak Island Drive, and McCoy.
“All are under consideration for pocket parks,” said Councilwoman and Parks and Recreation Committee Liaison Linda Champagne. “We will probably do one at a time over the next few years.”
Champagne has been tapped to research playscape equipment and determine the costs associated with rolling out the project.
“We haven’t yet discussed the pocket parks project yet because I must get the information from various vendors,” Champagne said.
The Parks and Recreation Committee plans to discuss the initiative further at its April 11 meeting.