Residents still have time to vote in ‘Place’ contest
MANISTIQUE – There are only a few days remaining to vote and earn the “Walk Manistique Project” a prize of $2,000. The project is included in the Let’s Save Michigan “It’s About Place” contest, and would create a small pocket park near the marina.
According to the contest’s website, the site of the park will be in an empty lot located next to Pizza Hut. The creation of the pocket park will be only the beginning of the greater “Walk Manistique” project, and will include a sign showing a map to each walkable destination in the city, as well as a park bench.
Over time, the Walk Manistique project will include walk and bike paths throughout the city, as well as more signage. The project’s organizers are actively seeking funding to financially cover portions of the massive undertaking.
The hope for the small pocket park, according to the website, is to encourage more U.S. 2 travelers to stop and enjoy Manistique and its offerings.
“Of course, as more people spend time in town, they are more likely to also spend money, which benefits our local business and economy,” the site reads. “We are also confident the changes will be a positive reminder to area residents to park their car and do more walking in our beautiful hometown.”
There are currently 46 projects in 28 communities participating in the state-wide contest, all vying for the “placemaking” funds, according to a Michigan Municipal League press release.
“We are thrilled with the quality, diversity, and creativity of the entries,” said Sarah Szurpicki, project coordinator of Let’s Save Michigan. “I think we’re proving a point that Michiganders in cities of all sizes are desperate for this type of place-based investment in their communities. Residents in cities as different from each other as Detroit, Okemos, and Sault Ste. Marie are all eager to nurture more dynamic public spaces.”
The public is invited to vote for projects online at http://www.letssavemichigan.com/placemaking contest. Anyone can vote once per day and for multiple entries until the voting closes on June 1. The top ten vote-getters will move on to the finalist round with a panel of national placemaking experts. The judges will select one grand prize winner (who will receive $2,000), and will award smaller prizes to several runners-up. It is expected that the projects will be built over the next several months.