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Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

MDOT: Expect traffic slowdowns on I-196 BL through August

MDOT: Expect traffic slowdowns on I-196 BL through August

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Construction leading to lane closures on the I-196 business loop should wrap up Monday, August 26.

Last week, crews began removing through lanes at 104th, 101st and 100th streets to install indirect turn lanes.  Michigan Department of Transportation workers will also upgrade drainage and traffic signals.

Drivers should expect single-lane closures on I-196 BL during the project.  All lanes of the highway will be open during morning rush hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and evening rush hours (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction begins today on U.S. 31, leading to road closures near Grand Haven and Holland.

Crews contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be removing through-lanes where Warner, Blair and Van Buren streets intersect with the highway.  MDOT says workers will install indirect turn lanes or “Michigan lefts” along the highway to increase safety.  The project also includes upgrading drainage and improving turning space.

As part of the project, crews will be closing one lane in each direction of U.S. 31.  All lanes will be open during weekends.  On weekdays, all lanes of northbound U.S. 31 will be open between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and all lanes of southbound U.S. 31 will be open between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Blair and Warner streets will be closed for five to six days, and Van Buren Street will be closed and for approximately three weeks, with a detour using 128th Avenue, New Holland Street and 136th Avenue.

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Herman Miller volunteers install play structures in Fillmore Discovery Park

HOLLAND, Mich.—Fillmore Discovery Park’s second construction phase is over.

More than 200 volunteers from Herman Miller helped build park playscapes in May. The new playscapes are made out of natural materials like logs, sand and living trees.  The project was funded by a grant from the Natural Learning Initiative.

According to Macatawa Greenway, children who spend time in nature have been shown to have less attention problems in school and score higher on standardized tests.

 Fillmore Discovery Park is located at 5733 142nd Ave., on Macatawa Greenway’s nature preserve.  The park features a stocked community fishing pond and family picnic areas, and is free to the public.

Ottawa County dedicates new park June 27

Ottawa County dedicates new park June 27

HOLLAND, Mich.—A new park is opening in Holland.

Macatawa Greenspace will be dedicated Thursday, June 27. The event will also feature disc golf demonstrations and nature stations, along with light refreshments and food available for purchase.

Macatawa Greenspace is located at 1230 Paw Paw Drive, the former home of Holland Country Club.  The 122 acre site features an 18 hole disc golf course, 2.5 miles of trails, scenic overlooks, bridges, boardwalks, picnic tables and rustic toilets. 

Macatawa Greenspace was also designed to improve the water quality of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan.  When Ottawa County purchased the land in 2010, workers began restoring the site’s original, native flood plain forests and wetlands, which filter out sediment and pollutants before water enters rivers and lakes.  Wetlands also help control possible floods, soaking up and storing extra water.

Thursday’s dedication event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

 

Zeeland, Mich. -  Pumpkinfest is pleased to announce that applications for the 2013 Caring People Parade are now available online at