web analytics

Categorized | Featured, News

City celebrates groundbreaking

By Judy Reed and Nancy Noreen

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Dan Brown, Rich Freiburger, Councilor Pat Capek, City Manager Christine Burns, and Rex Rowland break ground on the new Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up.

Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Dan Brown, Rich Freiburger, Councilor Pat Capek, City Manager Christine Burns, and Rob Rowland break ground on the new Veteran’s Memorial Park. Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up. Photo by J. Reed

It was cause for celebration Saturday when residents gathered on Saturday, during the Cedar Springs Earth Day celebration, for a groundbreaking and tree planting ceremony at the new Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the corner of Oak and Main Streets in Cedar Springs.

“Being a veteran, this park has special meaning for me,” said Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson. “I hope that everyone who uses it will remember those that served even one day in the military.”

Watson noted that everything was donated for the park. Other than the property, the city didn’t spend any money on it. Instead, Dan Brown, uncle to Timothy Brown, who was killed in action in Iraq, was the driving force behind the park. Watson thanked him for finding sponsors for the park, and thanked all the volunteers for their generosity.

Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Councilor Pat Capek, City manager Christine Burns, and sponsors Rob Rowland of Rowland Excavating and Rich Freiburger of Rapid Concrete turned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt with gold-painted shovels.

Burns announced that the push to get donations for the light poles in the park had been a success, and that there would now be five instead of only four.

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, a small row of Cedar trees was planted along the east boundary of the new park. Brown, Rowland, Watson, Freiburger, Tim Brown Sr. and Nathan Brown were among those who helped place the trees in the ground.

Next on the Earth day schedule was the city cleanup. The volunteers who came to collect their t-shirts, trash bags and assigned work areas didn’t seem daunted by the weather. Some were sent to work on the White Pine Trail, others picked up trash along 17 Mile Road and out by the highway.

Ready for clean up

Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up. Photo by N. Noreen.

People also took advantage of the opportunity to recycle E-waste, shred documents, and buy seedlings at various stations around town that morning. “E-waste disposal was a much bigger hit than the hazardous waste disposal was last year,” said Burns. She said they would continue with the e-waste disposal as long as the vendor is available. She also noted that this year’s auction was also well attended.

At noon, volunteers gathered at the Legion for pizza and popcorn. During lunch there were recycling coloring books and posters for kids to color, a library book display, and the opportunity to make your own earth friendly toilet bowl cleaner and laundry sheets.

City Clerk Linda Branyan, with the help of Representative Tom Pierce and Mayor Charlie Watson, also took time during lunch to award prizes to the winners of the photography competition. (Watch for more on that next week.)

Earth Day helpers staying dry

cleaning up

This post was written by:

- who has written 8093 posts on Cedar Springs Post Newspaper.


Contact the author

3 Responses to “City celebrates groundbreaking”

  1. Charlie Towns says:

    Maybe I missed it in the article, but where exactly is the park located? MI do

  2. admin says:

    Good catch, Charlie. It’s at the corner of Oak and Main Street next to Cedar Creek.

  3. Charlie Towns says:

    Thanks,
    I am stationed abroad so this website is one of the ways I keep up with events at home.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks