Kauffman Park Master Plan Development: Community Meeting Monday July 30
The City of Lakewood’s Planning & Parks Departments are teaming up with LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee and Kauffman Park Friends to develop a Master Plan for Kauffman Park. With commercial development deals for the park off the table and the old Little Links (miniature golf) area cleaned up, these groups are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work to see the park’s way into the future.
At seven acres, Kauffman Park is the third largest “greenspace” in the city and the most centrally located, just north of Detroit and Arthur Avenues. It is home to Jimmie Foxx Memorial Field jointly operated by the city and Lakewood Recreation Department, a community garden tended by LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community members, basketball courts supervised by LOBC (Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee) and one of two parks that welcomes leashed dogs as accomplished by the group Leashed Dogs In Lakewood Parks. Year round, kids expend energy on the playground, courts and fields, while train lovers watch them roll on by. In winter months the gentle hills of the park serve our littlest and most cautious sled riders and veterans alike.
But many have bigger dreams for a park with so much potential. Located just steps from the main branch of award-winning Lakewood Public Library, it is an ideal location for an outdoor reading garden as confirmed by long-serving library Board Member, Mary Nixon. Residents have expressed interest in adding an all-purpose path, water-play fountain and performance stage. Developing a Master Plan for the park is the first step towards turning dreams into reality. Once complete the document will serve as a springboard for public and private funding.
Lakewood resident and urban planner, Bryan Evans will lead the process, beginning with a community input meeting on Monday, July 30 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of Lakewood Public Library at 15701 Detroit Avenue. Please join us and share your thoughts and suggestions as we work together to polish up another of Lakewood’s gems.