Parks & Recreation Master Plan Draft Available for Community Review

Community members are invited to review and provide feedback on the draft version of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, which is now available online at www.kzooparks.org and www.kalamazoocity.org. Printed copies are also available at the Edison Neighborhood Association (816 Washington Avenue), Kalamazoo City Hall (241 W South Street), the Parks & Recreation Office (251 Mills Street), and at the Kalamazoo Public Library (315 Rose St).

Community members are encouraged to review the plan and provide and feedback or comments they may have. Feedback will be accepted through Wednesday, December 19.

Kzoo Parks, the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Kalamazoo, has been gathering community input for this plan over the past six months. Four public input meetings were convened in parks throughout the city, and Kzoo Parks staff were available at community events to discuss ideas, plans, and projects to be incorporated into the plan.

“Our parks and recreation programs have such a huge impact on our city and we know that it’s important that our plans reflect what our community wants,” said Parks & Recreation Director Sean Fletcher. “Our hope is that by listening and working with community members, this Parks & Recreation Plan will help achieve the broader goals of Imagine Kalamazoo 2025.”

Comments may be submitted online, via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling the Kzoo Parks office at (269) 337-8191. The plan is expected to be presented to the City Commission for approval in early 2019.

About the Parks & Recreation Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan will guide park improvement projects and recreation programming over the next 5-10 years. It also identifies land that should be considered for future parks as well as current park space that is unused or not needed.

The process was last completed in 2013 and included improvements to Woods Lake Park, Hays Park, and several extensions of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, which have since been completed. The 2013 plan also examined recreation programs and led to the expansion of successful programs and changes to programs that weren’t thriving. The 2013 plan is available in the Parks & Recreation Office located at 251 Mills Street.

Parks & Recreation Departments are required to update their plans every five years to be eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources. Plans are required to meet specific guidelines including the entire inventory of parks, amenities, and programs.

 

Light Up Bronson Park on Friday, November 23 at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us in Bronson Park on Friday, November 23 for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. including live music, crafts, hot chocolate, visits with Santa, and other holiday fun. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is always free, and everyone is welcome to join the fun! Hop on the Holly Jolly Trolley afterwards for dinner and a fun night out in Downtown Kalamazoo!

City Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow this Winter

Clear sidewalks are an important element in providing safe travel for residents during snowfall events. The Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties in a timely fashion. Maintaining clear sidewalks is also a courtesy to your neighbors and to all those in our community who rely on sidewalks. Please assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow. If you have a concern regarding the lack of sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, please report locations which may be of concern online here or by calling (269) 337-8215.

With winter weather arriving, please review the ordinances below related to snow removal:
 
  1. The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 48 hours of its accumulation or placement on said public sidewalk.

  2. The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of ice or otherwise make safe by the application of sand, salt, sawdust, or similar material in such manner and quantity to prevent it from being slippery from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 12 hours of its accumulation and thereafter remove such ice as soon as practicable.

  3. Any person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense committed within six months of a first offense, and $200 for a third or subsequent offense committed within six months of a first offense, and any costs imposed by the court.

§ 33-19 Deposit of snow on streets and sidewalks. [P. & L. Code § PL708; amended 5-7-2018 by Ord. No. 1964]

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited any accumulation of snow or ice from roofs of buildings, publicly or privately owned parking lots, drive-in service places and other off-street areas, upon any street, alley, sidewalk or crosswalk. Snow naturally falling on a public right-of-way may be deposited in the area between the curb and sidewalk.

  2. A person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $100, and any costs imposed by the court.
  • § 33-20 Removal of snow and other obstructions by City at expense of owner or occupant of adjacent property. [P&L Code § PL709; amended 5-7-2018 by Ord. No. 1964]
    1. If any occupant or owner shall neglect or fail to remove ice, snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting or adjoining his/her property within the time allowed or shall otherwise permit ice, snow or rubbish to accumulate on such public sidewalk, the City Manager or the designee of the City Manager may cause the ice, snow or rubbish to be cleared at the expense of such occupant or owner. The expense of removal and its associated administrative fee shall become a debt owed to the City from the occupant or owner of such property and shall be collected as any other debt to the City, and if not paid within 30 days after billing, shall become a lien in favor of the City against the said benefited property. The lien shall be assessed the same as real property taxes are assessed and levied.

    2. Property owners and occupants will be given notice of §§ 33-18 through 33-20 in November of each year through a public posting in a public newspaper of general circulation in the City and on the webpage maintained by the City. These will be the only required public notices given for §§ 33-18 through 33-20

     

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