Harris Township Park (HTP)

The vision is reality – a park on the Granger Path!

It is complete! The sidewalk is poured, connecting north of Harris Township Park at Elm Road toward the library and Bridlewood. Many thanks to Granger Paths, the Bridlewood HOA, and Tim Murray for making it happen.

The original vision of a park as a destination on the Granger Path is a reality. You can now complete a loop from the park, north up Elm to Adams, then east on Adams to ‘downtown’ Granger, back down 23 to Elm, then north on Elm past the fire station and back to the park. You can also go west on Adams and take the path all the way to Heritage Square. Or do the whole trip from one Granger Martins to the other, stopping at the park for a visit to the playground, to shoot some hoops, or play a game of pickleball. No paddles? You can check them out from the Harris Branch library, next door.

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The latest HTP Brummitt improvements

Parking blocks, speed bumps, new markings, a walkway, and new garbage cans – in addition to the repaired driveway and new parking spots near the playground – round out the latest improvements at Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road.

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Volunteers needed for the Bluebird ‘trail’ at Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road

Learn more about birds by volunteering to check on the bluebird boxes a few times a year.  There are eight boxes.  Training available.  And it allows you to get outdoors!

Contact the township if interested, 574-272-2371 or HarrisTrusteeLindsay@gmail.com

 

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New parking configuration near the playground of Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road

Parking near the playground has been improved!  There are more spots.  They are lined.  A handicap spot is also marked.  A new walkway puts a little more distance between parked cars and the playground.  Enjoying the playground just got a little easier!

Also, the driveway was repaired, so no more asphalt divots.  Parking blocks are on the way, as are driveway speed bumps.

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Construction may delay Brummitt park opening

The weather is delaying construction at Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road.  The park will open once construction is complete, which is weather-dependent.  The current estimate is the park might open near the end of March.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

What is coming?  In addition to driveway repairs, you’ll see new parking spaces near the playground, a buffer between the parking and playground, and speed bumps.

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Harris Township Park and playground at Brummitt Road are now closed for the season

The Brummitt Road park and playground are closed until spring, as happens each year.

The township’s new Elm Road playground remains accessible but please note the parking lot is not plowed, garbage pickup is suspended, and pickleball nets have been removed.  As a reminder, the church across Elm Road from the park welcomes visitors, and has a playground suitable for smaller children.

This year, Harris Township again refreshed the mulch at the Brummitt Road playground, and replaced worn and vandalized playground pieces.  We hope these (expensive) improvements were appreciated, and are happy to see so many visitors at the park when it is open.  When it is closed – typically late November to mid-March – we ask that you not park outside the front gate or enter the property.

Interested in more places to get outside year-round?
1) We encourage you to contact the County Parks Department and ask them about providing a county park in Harris Township.  None exists today, yet they own property on Anderson Road with no plans to utilize it.  They also have a PARKS budget in excess of $1,700,000 which is partially funded by Harris taxpayers.  In contrast, the entire township operations budget is $144,000 with no line item specific to parks.
2) If you live closer to city limits – recently creeping north into the township up Gumwood Road, Fir Road and Capital Avenue – you might also contact the City of Mishawaka.  There is no Mishawaka park north of Day Road, and of course none in Harris Township.

Harris Township is doing it’s best to fill the recreation gap, but what we can do is limited.  We thank you in advance for your understanding.

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Our volunteers rock! Brummitt playground is upgraded as a result

A small group of volunteers helped the township fix swings, swap out vandalized panels, and replace faded sails above Harris Township’s Park at Brummitt Road.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to the team who worked so hard to improve the community.

The mulch was recently refreshed, too.  Doesn’t the park look great?  We think so.  THANKS again.

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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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Parking lot resurfacing complete at Harris Township Park

The large parking lot has a new surface!  The old one had larger chunks of recycled pavement, and was getting uneven in many spots.  The new surface is made from screened, recycled asphalt.  Sincere thanks to the County Commissioners, and to Chip at the County Highway Department for making the materials available to the township.

Northern Indiana Construction spread and compacted the material.  Thanks to them as well.

If you see anyone abusing the new surface, including doing donuts in the lot, please get a license number and let us and the county police know about it.  It only takes one bad apple to ruin a lot (pun intended), and unfortunately we have at least one horrible apple out there.

 

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Parking lot upgrade at Harris Township Park

Not all the ‘action’ is at Elm Road.  The parking lot at Harris Township Park is getting a new surface.  The project might be completed yet this week.  Of course, your township officials are delivering this upgrade while keeping down costs.

Many thanks to St. Joseph County, and to Northern Indiana Construction.

If you visit the park often, we’d love to hear what you think about the upgrade.  And, please keep an eye out for those who may try to damage the new surface … as we’ve had some issues in the past.  Thanks!

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