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Brighton Township’s first-ever local park gets green light

Brighton Township officials have approved site plans for Veterans Park, to be constructed off Old U.S.-23, north of Weber Street and south of I-96. Brighton Township/GPD Group

BRIGHTON TWP. — Brighton Township will soon have its first-ever local park.

Township officials have approved site plans for Veterans Park, to be constructed off Old U.S.-23, north of Weber Street and south of I-96.

Plans for the park include an inclusive playground, half-court basketball, a veterans memorial and a war dog memorial. There will also be a dog-friendly area, walking paths, a small pavilion, a large pavilion, picnic tables, a bench and a bike rack.

“Brighton Township doesn’t have a municipal park,” said Brighton Township Manager Brain Vick. “Building a park is something everyone is excited about.”

Vick said the township collected feedback from residents while updating its master plan, and many indicated they wanted a park.

“We’re on the cusp of making that happen,” he said.

Vick said they’re working out final details, including whether to build vault restrooms without running water or build full restrooms with running water in a garage at the neighboring Brighton Area Fire Authority. He said the garage is currently being used by public works.

“We’re in the process of buttoning up the bid specifications, and we expect to have that out for bids soon,” Vick said.

He expects township officials to select a contractor in June.

Installation of playground equipment and safety surfaces will be executed under a separate contract with Great Lakes Recreation Company, according to township documents.

Vick said it’s too soon to tell if construction will begin this year or next year. He expects the cost to be around $1.2 million.

“It’s anticipated that ARPA funds will cover the project,” he said, adding it depends on the bids.

The township has been adding to a designated park fund for years.

The township acquired a portion of the site in a foreclosure and the rest through a donation by local businessman and school board member John Conely.

The township also owns land next to the Brighton Area Fire Authority’s Station 32 that could be developed in the future.

Land at Kensington Road and Buno Road could also feature park amenities someday. Officials have previously discussed ideas, including sledding hills, sports fields, restrooms and parking. The township is currently working through a legal dispute with the original developer of the property.

Contact reporter Jennifer Eberbach at jeberbach@livingstondaily.com

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