Plans to create this barrier-free, universal facility began in 2009, when a group of residents formed a booster club to assist the City in seeking a grant to fund development. In 2012, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund awarded a $300,000 grant for the first phase of improvements. The 14-acre park formerly had a basketball and tennis court, small playscape for toddlers, and rink for inline skating. The substantial makeover for the first phase included a new paved path, a covered pavilion, accessible restrooms, and a parking lot with a bus-turnaround making this facility more accessible for the more than 25,000 Macomb County children with special needs and physical challenges. With the community assisting the City in raising funds, phase 2 began in 2016. The centerpiece of this phase was a 30,000 square foot barrier-free playscape area. The park was the first of its kind in Macomb County.
McKinley Park Improvements: Fraser
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