News Release: City, Foundation seek public input for Midland Fun Zone Renovations


The Fun Zone, located within Plymouth Park in Midland, is in need of renovations.  The structure will be 20 years old this year, and while it has been properly maintained over that time span, a major overhaul is being planned to upgrade, repair and add new features to the park.

According to Director of Public Services Karen Murphy, the Fun Zone is one of the most-used parks in the area.

“The Fun Zone is extremely popular for families, and it’s great to see so much foot traffic year after year,” said Murphy.  “After twenty years of wear and tear, we decided it’s time to look at our first major renovation.”

The City of Midland is partnering with the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), who will provide expertise in fundraising and community involvement, to complete the project by June of 2014.
Sharon Mortensen, President and CEO of MACF, believes that in order for the project to be successful, broad community support is necessary.

“The original Fun Zone build involved hundreds of volunteers and donors, as well as the support of nearly everyone in our community,” said Mortensen.  “We would love to see the same excitement leading up to this renovation.  What new ideas do children and their parents have for the park?”

After two public meetings, several ideas came forward.  Some thoughts include fencing around the perimeter of the park, more handicap accessible play structures, and adding a walking trail or other fitness features for teens and adults.

Anyone is invited to provide input through a short online survey, which can be found on the MACF website at  Everyone who fills out the short survey is automatically included in a drawing for a free family pizza dinner worth $50.

Opportunities are also available for several volunteer committees, including fundraising, materials and tools, volunteer recruitment and food/refreshment planning.  Those interested in serving should contact the City of Midland at 837.3300 or MACF at 839.9661.