General Interest

Elm Ped Park construction is underway

Work will continue until approximately October 1.  When the 2016 work is complete, the park will include a walkway connected to the Granger Path, a playground area to be developed by Granger Sunrise Rotary, basketball and pickleball courts, a ball diamond, seating, and an improved parking area.

The low bidders, both of Mishawaka, were awarded the work – Northern Indiana Construction, and L.L Geans Construction Co..

The park will be closed until construction is complete.

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Granger Paths & Harris Township working on your behalf

Harris Township is thrilled to be building on the work of Granger Paths.  You can make a difference by contributing that last few hundred to their cause!

Click the headline below for the South Bend Tribune story which ran July 7th:

Next Granger path on Adams Road nears paving

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Seeking bids for Elm Road Pedestrian Park work!

Bids are being solicited for park development including earth work, cement work, and sports courts.  For information, contact the township or purchase documents from Triangle Digital Printing of Mishawaka, Indiana.  Bids are due Tuesday June 21st by 7pm, at which time they will be opened by the Harris Township Board.

The park will include a walkway connecting to the Granger Path, a playground area, Pickleball courts and a basketball court, and parking.

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Tribune: Proposed Park Taking Shape in Granger

Momentum is building for development of a new park in Granger that could include a playground, picnic pavilion and courts for basketball and pickleball, one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports…   By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune

Thanks for the nice article!


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What is the status of the Elm Road park?

Upgrades to the land near State Road 23 and Elm Road are coming, but there are a few more hurdles to clear.  Construction is still expected in 2016.

A survey of the land has been completed, and a final design is underway.  The park will include connection to the Granger Path, a playground, basketball court, pickleball courts, and at least one pavilion.

Getting all the proper approvals is taking longer than initially expected.  Once we’ve cleared that hurdle, the project will go to bid.

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WSBT Elm Road Park Update

Harris Township announced plans to build a new park on Elm Road earlier this year. Now those plans will include the help of the Granger Sunrise Rotary Club. WSBT’s Patrick Roth reports.

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Thanks, Eagle Scout candidate Eric Baker!

It’s much easier to find a seat at Harris Township Park, thanks to Eric Baker.  The Eagle Scout candidate installed four picnic tables in the playground area, and eight wooden tables on two newly-created pads adjacent to soccer fields.  Come try them out when the park reopens in the spring.

Eric initiated, planned and implemented the project this fall – while leading a team of volunteers.  We wish Eric quick appoinment to the level of Eagle Scout.

Thanks, Eric!  — from Harris Township and the ECHO Soccer Club

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Soccer Shots at Elm Ped Park

Soccer Shots, a local organization, joined ECHO Soccer Club in making use of Harris Township’s play field located on Elm Road, between the library and fire station.

Check our Event Calendar if you’re interested in what is happening, and when.  Any organized use of the field is by permission of the township; don’t hesitate to contact us.  No promises for 2016, as we’re likely making changes to the park layout.

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Why planting is not allowed in township cemeteries

Trees and shrubs tend to grow – above ground and below.  Vegetation erodes grave markers.  Items placed on the ground interfere with lawn maintenance.

In conjunction with our cemetery restoration project, the township has begun removing plants.  No new planting is allowed.  A decoration or momento which fits on top of the grave marker is allowed.  Items placed contrary to this policy will be removed.  Any item which appears to be past a useful life is subject to removal at any time, and certainly during fall clean-up.  Thanks for your understanding.

Questions?  Want to discuss how you might establish an electronic memorial on our website?  Please contact the Trustee.


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Township improvement checklist

Good things have been happening since 1/1/2015:

  • EXPENSES DOWN, almost $10,000 annualized reduction in existing operational expenses
  • IMPROVED SERVICE, to township assistance recipients
  • REDUCED OVERALL EXPENDITURES, estimated $40,000 savings in township assistance alone (2015)
  • CEMETERY RESTORATION, long overdue for both township cemeteries
  • INCREASED NON-TAX REVENUES, approaching $60,000 year-to-date
  • PARK IMPROVED, playground mulch, bird habitats and seating at Harris Township Park

Plans are underway for additional improvements.

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