Just like in the majority of other Michigan cities and townships, funding is tight in Trenton for community improvement projects.
But the Downtown Development Authority has been able to push ahead with a variety of efforts thanks to receiving some timely grants and taking other creative approaches, including soliciting some hands-on help from residents.
A prime example of community involvement occurred Sept. 30-Oct. 1, when city employees teamed up with community volunteers to help assemble a new playscape at Slocum-Truax Park.
Other improvements that were at least partially or fully funded by grants included the paving of two municipal parking lots and additional shoreline improvements at Ellias Cove. Similar projects on the horizon include street-lighting enhancements throughout the downtown and the creation of a fourth street-end park on the south side of Riverside Commons, the new name for the former Riverside Hospital site.
“We continue to make progress,” DDA Chairman Robert Howey said. “It’s definitely slower than we’d like but we’re excited to see some positive things happening.”
The creation of a the new playground at Slocum is the [Read more…]