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Look for massive changes at Northwest Park as the City of Taylor rolls out this spring’s Good to Great Neighborhood Program. Good2Great will focus on the northwest part of the City, the neighborhoods between Van Born, Beverly, Beech Daly and Inkster. Northwest Park is an important point of that area, and is located along Van Born Road, west of Beech Daly.
Improvements call for a lengthy new walking/jogging/cycling asphalt path in the northern portion of the park that will run along Harold Street to Van Born and wind its way east to the edge of the park and back. Some new sidewalks connecting different sides of the park with the paths will be added.
In the middle of that half-mile path, which will be eight feet wide and four inches deep, will be a new pavilion, permanent game table area and fitness equipment. A new plays cape will be installed in the northeast section. The basketball courts, located near the pool, will be sealed and striped. New benches, enclosed porta-johns and signage is planned.
(NOTE: The renderings accompanying this story are examples of some of the features. The actual improvements may be slightly different.)
As Good to Great and other programs have moved through the City over the past five years, these types of improvements have come in their wake, Heritage Park being the biggest benefactor. Zub Park was created near Kinyon Elementary School. New play scapes have added to Zub, Howard Noble, Miller Clapham (North Central Little League), Papp Park (Northwest LL), and Vince Caplis (North Central LL). Lucinda Burn Park, located in the northeast corridor, was literally completely redone during G2G work there.
Initial planning and work has already started in what will become known as G2G Area #6. Residents in Area #6 will receive a letter in the mail early next week, detailing the entire program. Included will be an offer to purchase easement trees at a discount rate, installed by City workers; details on the free mulch program; and scheduling for the area’s “Cop on the Corner” gathering, during which Taylor Police meet with residents in a relaxed atmosphere to share complaints and concerns. All of those items were a big hit last year.
During 2018, the program’s first year, it completed its first five designated sections of Taylor:
The improvement program focuses on specific issues like trimming or replacing trees; improving signage, sidewalks, roads and sewers; correcting ordinance violations; and enhancing public safety. The campaign gets up close and personal with neighborhoods throughout the community. It is a proactive approach improvement.