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My Town Lowell: Riverwalk Master Plan forum April 17

My Town Lowell: Riverwalk Master Plan forum April 17

LOWELL, Mich.—The community is invited to weigh in on the future of the City of Lowell.

City officials are teaming up with the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a master plan and conceptual design for the Lowell Riverwalk area.  The goal is to create a multi-functional venue that fits the community’s long-term vision for the Showboat area.

Community members are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns about the preliminary plans during an open house on Thursday, April 17 at Lowell City Hall.  Design consultants will be on hand to explain the early blueprints, which will also be on display from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The consultants will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

My Town Lowell: Leafy landmark to soon disappear

My Town Lowell: Leafy landmark to soon disappear

LOWELL, Mich.—A leafy landmark will soon disappear from downtown Lowell.

According to the City of Lowell’s Facebook page, the tree along the Riverwalk by the library is dying.  Hastened by a few lightning strikes over the years, the tree’s split trunk is beginning to pose a danger to anyone below.

The city plans to take down the tree, remove its trunk and plant more trees.  However, the city is asking for community members to first weigh in on the other changes that need to happen to the Riverwalk stage and Showboat.  Public input will be collected now through April.  To leave your thoughts, visit the City of Lowell homepage.

My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown

My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s library is back open for business, after running into heating problems.

Heidi Nagel, the communications manager for Kent District Library, says a problem with the Englehardt Branch’s heating system arose this weekend, after the library closed for business Saturday.  When staff arrived Monday morning, the heat was off.

Under KDL policy, libraries cannot open of the indoor temperature is below 55 degrees, so the Lowell library was forced to shut down Monday, as repair people searched for a replacement part for the heating system.  Only one business in West Michigan had the part in stock.  Unfortunately, that replacement piece was also defective, so the library had to wait for the part to be shipped in.

My Town Lowell: City looks to grow tree canopy

My Town Lowell: City looks to grow tree canopy

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell’s Arbor Board will present its plans to help grow the city’s tree canopy next week.

The board will present its 2014-2015 Comprehensive Tree Plan during the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m.  City Manager Mark Howe says the goal is to eventually restore the tree canopy throughout the city to 40 percent.  He estimates the current canopy is 10 percent to 15 percent. 

Howe says last year, the Arbor Board secured enough grants to plant 75 new trees.  The board also had to invest more money in tree maintenance, because of the summer drought.  All of the new trees survived.

The benefits of trees are plentiful.  Howe points out they filter air, provide shade, soften the hardscapes of buildings and prevent soil erosion.

Lowell’s Urban Forest Initiative started with the inception of its Arbor Board, back in 2007.  The Arbor Foundation has named Lowell a Tree City USA, based on its active tree program.

My Town Lowell: Laugh It Up @ The Library

My Town Lowell: Laugh It Up @ The Library

LOWELL, Mich.—Patrons can Laugh It Up @ The Library this Friday, in honor of Gilda’s Club LaughFest.

Visitors are encouraged to check out the library’s collection of jokes, cartoon books and humorous writing, or create a funny limerick to be posted in the library.

Laugh It Up @ the Library runs all month in long at the Englehardt-Lowell Branch.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Lowell: Search is on for two board members

My Town Lowell: Search is on for two board members

LOWELL, Mich.—Residents interested in getting more involved in the Lowell community have two more opportunities.

The Arbor Board and Historic District Commissions are each looking for one more member.  The person selected by the Arbor Board will a serve on the board until June 30, 2016.  The term for the Historic District Commission seat runs until January 2017.

For additional information, contact City Hall at (616) 897-8457.