The Fraser First Booster Club was awarded a $10,000 grant by the DTE Energy Foundation for our soon-to-be sensory garden! This is a huge step towards complete Phase 3 of McKinley Barrier-Free Park.
The FFBC board has met with landscapers, DPW, the Fraser Parks and Recreation Director, and others to plan out the sensory garden. Our hope was to get the layout in the ground before winter, but winter has come a little early.
By the springtime, we hope to have the entire sensory garden in. It will include a labrynth-style path that will be wide enough for wheelchairs to use, and plants and flowers to stimulate the senses.
There will also be fun musical pieces added for everyone to enjoy throughout the year!
FFBC is currently applying for other grants in order to complete the McKinley Barrier-Free Park. We are still actively looking for donations and sponsorships to help us along the way.
As always, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has made this vision a reality.
Aug 20, 2019
Summer 2019 at McKinley Barrier-Free Park
By Cheryl LaCasse - Project Leader
Park Etiquette Sign
It's been a very busy summer at the park! Here are some of the highlights:
The customized engraved bricks were installed for the "walk of fame" pathway. They look absolutely beautiful, and the Fraser First Booster Club will continue to accept customized bricks to be installed in the future.
The Fraser Parks & Recreation Department had a very successful Star Gazing Night at the park on August 13th. It was a free event for the public, and volunteers from a local Astronomical Society came out to share their knowledge, telescopes, and stories. It was a perfect night and everyone was able to see the moon, Saturn and Jupiter up close! There were even meteorites on display and a virtual reality program for the kids to use. The McKinley Barrier-Free Park was a perfect location for this event with the comfort station, open area, and parking. It is an event that is being discussed to do a few times a year at the park.
The sponsorship signs for Phase 2 were installed at the comfort station, along with the park etiquette sign. It is very important to the Fraser First Booster Club to have the sponsors on display for all to see.
Fraser First Booster Club also raised $10,000 for the Sensory Garden! We hope this will be installed in the fall. It's another step towards completing Phase 3.
The community took park in a large tree planting effort put on by the Fraser Parks and Recreation Department through Green Macomb. We were able to plant roughly 30 trees around the Walk & Roll path to provide shade for future generations.
The Fraser First Booster Club is still actively working on finishing Phase 3. We hope to raise funds for the outdoor, barrier-free exercise equipment, and climbers soon!
May 29, 2019
By Cheryl LaCasse - Project Leader
While the Fraser First Booster Club awaits grant decisions, McKinley Barrier-Free Park has once again been noticed and praised. SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) has used McKinley Barrier-Free Park in their Parks & Recreation Plan for the state. This park is one of a kind and the Fraser First Booster Club is working tirelessly to finish Phase 3.
We have applied for grants for the sensory garden, climbers, labrynth, and barrier-free exercise equipment. If awarded these grants, the park will be even more one-of-a-kind than it already is.
Now that summer is here, the park is full of families using it. Whether it be the Walk & Roll Path, the new swings, the sandpit, or playscapes, it is busy day and night. In April, a group of volunteers came out to do a spring cleanup of the park. While that park cleanup was put on by the city's parks and recreation department, residents are always helping keep the park clean every day. Since it was and still is a fundraised park, residents have a feeling of ownership and pride in it.
We are always so grateful for our donors and volunteers! Big things are still to come. Keep an eye out for more from the McKinley Barrier-Free Park!