Niles City Officials weigh options for Island Park's future
NILES, Mich – City Officials in Niles are still weighing options for the flood prone Island Park.
As of Wednesday evening the
“I suspect that the island is going to
ABC57 spoke with people in the Niles community who were split on what the future of Island Park should be.
I think it’s a good idea if the town can find a way to maybe keep elevating it or investing money then a different way than just cleaning the soil and having it flood again you just lost all that money you invested having to do it again next year,” Niles resident Sage Smith said.
Whereas Niles Resident Rich Moore says regardless of the potential future flooding Niles’ Island Park should be repaired fully.
“Every year that park has gone underwater at one time or another it’s never been an
City officials have three options in front of them regarding restoring the park of which they have not decided on which plan to pursue.
Option 1: Completely renovate the park including repairing the bridge and the playground equipment
Option 2: Repair the bridge and clean-up the silt
Option 3: Do nothing and leave the park closed
Option one is estimated to cost approximately $250,000 to $300,000.
Option two is expected to cost approximately $150,000.
Both options would be funded through the city’s general fund.
Huff said the city needs to keep the investment in mind when making the final decision but he said they also need to keep the community’s support for the park in mind as well.
“I think that we need to be very cautious about the investment we put into it but there’s a lot of community support for getting the island back open and at least just