WITH VIDEO: Hartland Township Breaks Ground on M-59 Park Project

Local players, coaches and parents attend dedication ceremony at future site of sports fields.

A ground breaking ceremony took place Tuesday night for the M-59 Park Project. 

The 64-acre park will include eleven sports fields for soccer, football and lacrosse off of M-59 near Pleasant Valley Road. The board last month to approve construction bids by Eagle Golf Construction and hopes the park will be ready by summer of 2013.

The project is estimated to cost the township $734,000 and will be paid for using funds from the Captiol Improvement Fund, which is currently around 2.2 million dollars.

Peggy Seebaldt April 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The last report I read said that the estimated cost to the Township was around $650,000. It's already jumped almost $100,000. This project will end up costing us (the people of Hartland) well over $1 million before it's done. I think we also urgently need to focus on some other things around Hartland that need attention. One such issue are the lights on the bridge on Hartland Road. They are on brick pillars and have been 'out' for many, many months. I called the township and was put in touch with a lady who indicated that they were turned off because repair is needed and it will cost a lot of money -- the figure of $50,000 was mentioned. I indicated that this is a safety issue in the mornings because many children use that route to walk to Ore Creek (and I assume the high school). It is pitch black in that area. Let's spend some of the $2.2 million dollar fund to fix some things like the lights on the bridge that need to be done to make Hartland a better and safer place to live.
NotLazy April 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Peggy, Good point, and I would agree. I think this park is an overkill for the amount of residents we have. Why not fix up the delapidated parks we have, and start this one on a smaller basis?
Greg Graves April 04, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I have been active in Harland youth sports for the last 15 years and have found that most fields around town are over used. I for one applaud the township for their fiscal management allowing them the ability to act on the park project which is included in the townships master plan. I encourage the township to continue with the park plan including the Clark Road property as it will benefit all residents improving the quality of life and making the community more desirable.
Shawn April 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I also have been involved with hartland sports, and I'm not sure what delapidated parks Peggy is speaking of, HAYAA uses every square inch of any property they can, and put a lot of money into fields, courts, parking lots to keep them maintained. We need to invest into our youth, when your youth sports programs have a waiting list, it's time to add more parks, more the better. Great Job Board members.
hartland eagle April 05, 2012 at 12:34 AM
All the fields used by HAYAA baseball and soccer are dilapidated, because they're overused. It's hard to believe this costs $700k, but if that's what it costs, that's what it costs.
Aaron April 10, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The athletic complex will generate funds as well. We will be able to host Fri-Sun tournaments with vendors in attendance as well. Lacrosse, Soccer, and ,maybe even football. Tournaments like this generate a lot of revenue. The Canton Cup Soccer Tournament on Memorial day weekend has teams from all over competing. Considering HAYAA is maintaining the fields, the township expenses should be relatively low. Our community continues to grow and we do not have enough fields for practices or games. This willl allow the community to offer our kids ample space to develop their skills. I think it was a great decision and the kids will benefit most of all.
Gina April 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
For most individuals in the Hartland community this project may be a surprise but to support the individuals that commented above the building of this park complex is not only for the Hartland Soccer program, HAYAA Football and LaCrosse but there will also be a playground too and possibility for walking trails around the park. Like many projects it has many phases and overall will generate revenue for the Hartland Community. With the addition of this park, it provides the opportunities to host tournaments and then in turn that money will be put to our local restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets and hotels. It is also planned that the Michigan Youth Soccer Association's headquarters will be moving from its current location in Canton to a location in this area in the future. For those of you in the community that are inquisitive about the costs to fund this project I urge you to attend any of the organizations board meetings- members of the community are always welcome.
eddy June 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I feel this is a good investment and is a feature that might draw future families to the Hartland area.


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