FLINT TWP. — An annual township park clean-up is one of several beautification efforts coming this spring and summer, Supervisor Karyn Miller said in her monthly update at the West Flint Business Association’s meeting last week.
The Gleaners Greater Flint-Area Arbor group, headed by Dr. Peter Mikelens, have sort of adopted the township park on Norko Drive and each year donate time and money to park improvement.
This year’s effort is scheduled for May 5 and will include breakfast, educational nature walks, flower planting and more. Mikelens will be starting a butterfly preserve that will be nationally listed, Miller said.
Another beautification project will continue improvements made possible by a Keep Genesee County Beautiful grant. In recent years, the township’s Parks and Recreation board has used the funds for planting and sprucing up areas near the I-75 freeway exit Corunna Road.
This year the group hopes to use funds to plant flowers along the grassy areas where the new Genesee Valley Trail crosses Dutcher and Lennon roads.
If any funds are left over, they also plan to plant flowers along the fence line of the cemetery on Bristol Road near Bishop International Airport.
Miller also mentioned that a small section of the new recreational trail is not completed, delayed last year until a right-of-way issue was resolved between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Muffler Man business on Corunna Road.
Also decorative arches and railings are being added to the trail’s bridge crossing at Graham Road and asphalt has to be laid on the bridge.
Miller said she’s been told that all work will be completed by the trail’s April 1 opening date.
Another volunteer group has been involved in picking up litter and recently spent a weekend working on a lot at Corunna and Dye Roads near Financial Plus Credit Union.
Miller said she also has requested help from the county Sheriff’s office to send out work crews to pick up liter and debris along freeway ramps.