Monthly Archives: Nov 2016

HT’s parks are closed for the season; see you next Spring

Harris Township Park on Brummitt Road is now closed for the season.  The gates are locked.  There will be no garbage receptacles, nor any restrooms in place.  Look for the park re-opening in March of 2017.

Elm Ped Park on Elm Road is also effectively closed for the season.  The pickleball nets have been removed, and the baseball bases will be removed.  There is no garbage pickup; please don’t attempt to leave garbage in the bins.  The driveways and parking lot will not be snow-plowed.  The basketball hoops will remain up so, weather permitting, it might be possible to play a some basketball.

Attention friends of Harris Township Park:  The back, large parking lot was recently resurfaced at a cost to taxpayers.  Soon after, somebody damaged the surface by doing donuts with a vehicle.  That prompted us to close the back gate — allowing for continued use of the up-front playground.  While the township hoped to keep the park open as long as the weather remained nice, somebody actually removed fencing so they could get to the back lot and once again do donuts.  As a result, the decision was made to close the entire park for the season, earlier than planned.  You can personally ‘thank’ somebody if you ever catch them in the act, or call the St. Joseph County Police at 574-235-9611.  We intend to.

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Know of a non-profit that could benefit from surplus items?

Harris Township may soon have some surplus items.  If you know of a non-profit organization that could use one or more of the items for their operations (not resale), please have them contact Ken Lindsay, the Harris Township Trustee.  No promises, but perhaps we can fill a need or two.  The list is in flux and incomplete, but at this point may include:
  • one or more desks (likely)
  • chairs, non-folding (likely)
  • round table (possible)
  • small filing cabinet (possible)
The township will have final say on whether and where items are distributed.
Kenneth E. (Ken) Lindsay, Harris Township Trustee
HarrisTrusteeLindsay@gmail.com or 574-272-2371
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Pickleball, basketball, and a mud-pad at the Harris Township park on Elm Road

Saturday afternoon 11.5.2016: all four pickleball courts had players on them, as did the basketball court.  People driving by stopped to check it out.  First time pickleball players from Bridlewood tried the game, and they were good.  Kids found a way to make up for the lack of a splash pad.

The Harris Township Board – Karen Vargo, Jeff Broadwick and Chuck Sulok – and the trustee, Ken Lindsay are thrilled people are using the park just a few short days after it opened on Wednesday 11.2.2016.

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Elm Ped Park now open!

The courts have been painted.  Benches, bike loops and garbage cans are installed.  And construction fencing has been removed.   Enjoy it while the weather is nice, and tell us what you think.  Please keep off the sprouting and growing grass.

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn how to play pickleball.

Planned for this year — planting of trees and shrubs, removal of poles, and installation of lights.

Planned for next year or beyond — playground equipment and a shelter or two.

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