Board moves forward on Tiger Town

HOWLAND — Members of the Howland Township Park Board said fundraising is underway to have a new Tiger Town play area constructed at the Howland Township Community Park by this summer.

Park Board Chairman Shawn Pompelia said, in addition to fundraising efforts, grants from different foundations will be sought to cover the cost of the estimated $440,000 needed for the new Tiger Town.

One fundraiser is selling bricks, in honor of or in memory of someone, to be placed at the entrance area to the play area.

Last summer, the old Tiger Town, located in the northwestern section of the park, was taken down. The wooden playground, constructed by a community effort in the 1990s, was deemed in disrepair and condemned due to aging and deteriorated wood. Studies provided to park board showed the play area had reached its lifespan.

Pompelia said tiles decorated by children and bricks from the old Tiger Town have been kept and will be incorporated into the new Tiger Town.

The board had architects Baker, Bednar and Snyder Associates in Howland prepare plans for projects at the park including a new Tiger Town to be located near the park’s main entrance.

Park Board member Jessica Gault had said the new play area would be in another section of the park as recommended in a recently completed comprehensive plan because the area by Tiger Town is near a flood plain. The new location would also be near restrooms.

To further discuss the project, the board has scheduled a work session 10 a.m. Friday at the park building meeting room.

Also, the park board is moving forward to have the park’s website updated to make it more user friendly.