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Optimists Make Donation for Their Park.

Royal Oak Optimist Club donates for park improvements and issues a challenge.

At the February 4th Royal Oak City Commission meeting the Royal Oak Optimist Club presented a check to the city for $2610 to make improvements at Optimist Park. Club board member Alan Pruner made the presentation to Mayor Ellison and stated that the money is to be used for new sand for the beach volleyball court and Fibar ( synthetic mulch ) for the playground / play scape area.

 The need was identified by the Parks and Rec department and with increased pressure on city budgets the funding was just not available. Requests went out to the service clubs to ask for their help in the parks that bear their name. The Board of directors of the Optimist Club voted unanimously to approve the funds. 

Pruner has issued a challenge. " The Optimists would like to encourage other service clubs in Royal Oak to join us and donate their time and or money to help maintain and improve one of our neighborhood parks."As part of the new Parks Master Plan that was recently approved by the Parks and Rec Advisory Board, an Adopt a Park program will be rolled out once approved by the commission. There are many needs in the parks that have been identified such as new and improved shelters and pavilions as well as improvements to lighting and fencing around the ball fields.

Currently there are 51 parks in the city of Royal Oak consisting of 17 mini parks, 23 neighborhood parks, 9 community parks, one community center, one senior center and 2 golf courses. The city also features an urban plaza, located adjacent to city hall which is used for special events and two nature parks at Quickstad and Cummingston Parks. All facilities are owned and maintained by the city of Royal Oak.

If any other group or organization is interested in "Adopting a Park" contact Todd Gazetti at the Parks and Rec office, 248 - 246 - 3180.

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Brendan February 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
If the city didn't have the money for these minor maintenance issues at Optimist Park, and needed the service club to make a financial donation to cover the cost, where will they get the money to build a NEW park in the downtown? The city already spends more than it takes in, and that doesn't cover basic city services. A new park is not a necessity, especially in these lean economic times.
Brendan February 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Ron, you and I agree that there is still wasteful spending going on. The survey, the logo, and the special ethics investigation were all wasted money. The commission still seems to do their own thing with blatant disregard to ethics and conflicts of interest, or, at the very least, the appearance of conflict of interest.
L. Williamson February 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Before thinking about additional parks in our city, the city needs to take better care of the existing parks FIRST!
L. Williamson February 18, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Amen, brother, amen.
Lynne Ross February 18, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Until the 51 existing parks are maintained in a much better fashion, the city shouldn't be dreaming about adding another one. The city can't care for what we currently have, so it doesn't make much sense in trying to expand at this time.
Lynne Ross February 18, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Are you conversing with air. Who said anything about the Optimist's? Mr. Wolfe. my point is that the city hasn't mastered maintaining or improving all (or even a majority) of the city's park. Most (if not all) parks are due for many, many maintenance updates. I agree the city piddles away a lot of wasted tax money on baloney things that could be paying for this park maintenance items. Where we seem to disagree on is: I don't want my city to take on another park project until they master updating and maintaining what we already got!
L. Williamson February 18, 2013 at 08:27 PM
That was my point!

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