Trees, parks and the municipal pool are three areas to be discussed in the coming months by members of the parks, recreation and community events committee of Walbridge Village Council, says Sue Hart-Douglas, who chairs the committee.
One goal Hart-Douglas has set for the village this year is to see it enrolled in the Tree City USA program of The Arbor Day Foundation.
She said the tree program was on the agenda of last week’s committee meeting and the village needs to complete a multi-step process to attain the designation.
“We need to establish a tree commission and then pass a tree ordinance,” she said. “Plus we will talk about a meeting with someone from the forestry division.”
The ordinance would spell out how community trees will be cared for. Standards set by the foundation and National Association of State Foresters for the Tree City designation also require towns to budget at least $2 per capita for a tree program, according to the foundation’s website.
Hart-Douglas said she expects the committee to turn its attention in the next month or so to the community pool and then to improvements to Loop and Rhenton parks. “The pool probably will be discussed in March or April, when we can get in to see what is needed,” she said. “We have the water slide to install.”
The village received a grant of $6,600 from the Wood County Parks District that will likely be used to upgrade Loop Park.
“I want to continue our discussion on changes to Loop Park,” Hart-Douglas said. “The centennial committee is donating four benches but I’m not sure what we will be able to buy for the Loop playground. I would like to see a climbing/slide combination in the park which is a whole lot more than what we have.”
A walking path and soccer field have also been discussed.
“I also want to discuss the Rhenton Park – an old park that had a T-ball field and is now just empty and not doing anything,” she said. “With the school and playground gone a playground in that area might be an idea.”
Resurfacing a basketball court at Railway Park may also be considered if a state grant comes through.