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!
Upcoming Job Opportunity at Harris Township
During the late summer of 2016, applications will be accepted for the position of Maintenance Manager, with a projected initial start date of October 1st, 2016. Interested parties should begin to prepare a statement of qualifications.
The position will be seasonal (approximately March through November), and part time (approximately 20 hours per week) on a relatively flexible schedule, paid at a competitive hourly rate based on experience and skills. No benefits. The position requires a vehicle.
Sample expected responsibilities include oversight of township parks and cemeteries, lawn and tree maintenance, trash removal, cleaning, playground inspecting, court maintenance, minor repairs, and working with service providers. Also: being on-call via phone or text, ownership of problems, plus planning for and implementing improvements across a variety of areas including parking, lighting, signage, bird habitats, rentals, and security.
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
Volunteers from Granger Community Church (GCC) recently spread playground mulch, built bird boxes, and planted trees at Harris Township Park as part of their ongoing 4Michiana campaign to serve local community organizations. Check out the program at their web site gccwired.com, or navigate there via our Partners page.
Dozens of wonderful volunteers gave their Saturday morning this spring to improve the park. We are very grateful! Special thanks to Jeanna, Cassie, Dale, Jon and Shelly.
Come to the park this summer to check out the softer play’ground’, and in 20 years to admire the walnut trees bordering the toll road.
It took until June, but a bluebird was spotted at Harris Township Park. It is nesting in a bluebird box that was installed earlier this year.
Thanks again to the Audubon Society, and specifically Laura Fuderer who took these pictures on June 19th. Interested in seeing wildlife up close? Volunteer.
Laura Fuderer, Conservation Chair of the South Bend – Elkhart Audubon Society, has been keeping track of the birds frequenting Harris Township Park.
Here is the list of birds spotted at Harris Township Park:
- Canada Goose
- Wood Duck (a pair)
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Killdeer (confirmed nesting)
- Gull species (Ring-billed?)
- Mourning Dove
- Northern Flicker
- Eastern Kingbird
- Blue Jay
- American Crow
- American Robin
- European Starling
- Chipping Sparrow
- Song Sparrow
- Northern Cardinal
- Red-winged Blackbird
- Common Grackle
- House Finch
- Cedar Waxwing
- House Sparrow
- Baltimore Oriole (breeding)
- Gray Catbird
- Brown-headed Cowbird
- Green Heron
- Horned Larks
- Barn Swallows
This list will be updated ongoing! (last update from 7/26/2015 visit)
Thanks to volunteers, including from Granger Community Church, over 100 trees were recently planted at Harris Township Park.
The trees, mostly saplings, were obtained from the Soil and Water Conservation District of St. Joseph County.
Walnut trees now border the southern end of the park, along the Indiana Toll Road.
A variety of fruit trees were planted along the western edge of the park, along Gast Ditch and near the bluebird boxes that were installed earlier in the year.
Thanks to all those who helped. If you’re interested in planting trees, we’ll do it again so let us know you’d like to help – then plan on driving by with a loved one in 20 years to show off the much taller results your work!
When the playground needed mulch, Soil Solutions of Elkhart was there to provide it.
Thank you, Soil Solutions, for the high quality playground mulch delivered to Harris Township Park. Drivers skillfully maneuvered their semi trucks to lay it right near where it would be spread.
The donation is much appreciated, and the mulch will be put to good use by all those who swing, slide, and otherwise play at the township’s large playground. Thanks too, to the Penn Lacrosse Club for your support of Harris Township Park, on Brummitt Road in Granger.
Harris Township Park, or HTP, became a little more bird-friendly on April 28th of 2015 when volunteers from the local Audubon Society and Boy Scouts installed two, very tall bird boxes. A new home intended for an American Kestrel (in the falcon family) was installed in the southeast corner of the park, near the toll road. A new home intended for a Screech-Owl was installed in the woods, just off the entry driveway.
Earlier in 2015, while snow was still on the ground, the welcome mat was rolled out for bluebirds with the installation of 8 boxes along the western border of the park, along Gast Ditch.
Once the new tenants move in, we’ll try to capture them in pictures.
The South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society is a great partner of the township, lending their expertise, time and energy to make our green spaces more wildlife friendly. Thanks to Bob L., who not only installed the boxes but built the cool poles on which they mount – such that they can be checked once a year. Thanks to Laura F., who is leading the effort to monitor the activity at the bluebird boxes, and who performs periodic bird counts. If you’re interested in birds, contact the township for ways to get involved. It’s free and fun!