News Release: City Forest to install new signs
As part of the TOWN Grant project, three potential City of Midland grants were introduced on the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) Facebook page last Wednesday. Residents were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite project. Options included a kitchen fire and fall prevention program for older adults called Remembering When, a new community garden to be installed at the old Cook Elementary School site, and adding wayfinding signage within Midland's City Forest.
With over 50% of total votes, the City Forest signage project earned the matching grant, which will amount to approximately $10,000. According to City Parks Supervisor Bart Heil, the network of trails is often complicated, especially for those not well acquainted with the paths.
"Right now, it can be very confusing in the forest to know which trail you're on and where you need to turn," said Heil. "These signs will be very useful for City Forest visitors - telling them which way to the chalet, which way to stay on the trail they're on, and where upcoming intersections are."
Installation is expected to take place throughout the fall and winter, with all signs up and ready in the spring of 2016.
The TOWN Grant project from MACF was created to potentially impact every township, village and city in Midland County. Applications are being accepted until the end of the calendar year. According to MACF President & CEO Sharon Mortensen, the city worked with the community foundation to present the public with three different projects.
"We felt this was a great way to hear back from the public on which projects they like most," said Mortensen. "The community foundation has always had an interest in funding projects that impact all residents, and TOWN Grants were designed to do exactly that."
According to city officials, other funding sources will be sought for both the Remembering When program as well as the community garden. For more details, visit www.midlandfoundation.org/town-grants.