Clean, accessible, and safe parks are critical to a vibrant community. After nearly ten years of advocacy by the Friends of Eaton County Parks and other partners, the Eaton County Board of Commissioners has voted to place a parks millage on the ballot for November 2022. This ballot proposal is aimed at providing much needed funding for capital improvements, restoration, and maintenance of parks in Eaton County.
Eaton County parks are woefully underfunded resulting in a parks system that is in dire need of upgrades to ensure public safety and development investments to realize the full potential of a well-developed system that Eaton County residents expect. In 2020, the Eaton County Parks Commission identified more than $14 million in unfunded or underfunded needs from its current master plan.
If passed, the millage will provide .5 mills over the next 10 years to restore our parks in Eaton County including:
- Restroom facility updates
- Updated grounds and nature trails
- Accessibility options
- Pet-friendly spaces
- Updated children’s play areas
- Picnic and pavilion updates
Campaign and Fundraising Efforts
Passing this millage will take a community of fundraising, outreach, and get-out-the vote efforts to be successful. The Restore Our Parks committee is raising funds to purchase signage, literature, and advertising to promote the ballot initiative across the county.
What will your donation support?
- Mailers to Voters
- Social Media Advertising
- Educational Literature about Eaton County Parks
- Yard Signs
- Coalition and Community Support Building Initiatives
The success of the Restore our Parks ballot proposal is a community effort. We appreciate your consideration of getting involved and ensuring our parks are restored, preserved and made accessible for everyone to enjoy.