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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Introduction to pickleball classes at Elm Road

Introduction to Pickleball is back!  Select Mondays from April into July.  5:30 to 7 pm at Harris Township’s Elm Road courts, between the Harris branch library and fire station.  No experience or paddles necessary.  Wear court shoes.  Weather permitting.

4/16, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16 — subject to  change

Special thanks to Almir for his efforts last year and this year, and to the local Michiana Pickleball Association for joining the effort this year.  You can find them on Facebook, or contact them at MichianaPickleball@gmail.com

All play is at your own risk, and children at the park must be attended.

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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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PB nets coming down in November

The pickleball nets at the Elm Road park will come down for the winter in November, with the exact date being weather-dependent.

We hope you enjoyed the first full year of play.

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You’re invited to play (and participate) at Good Shepherd UMC

Good Shepherd, across the street from Harris Township’s park at Elm Road, is full of good, welcoming people.  From the time the park was envisioned, they offered words of support.  But their support goes far beyond words.  They hosted a community forum about the park in 2015, and they have always invited the community to enjoy their playground.  If you go, please be careful of the traffic on Elm Road.

One definition of community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals“.   Good Shepherd UMC contributes positively to the sense of community in Granger.  We, for one, appreciate their efforts.

Granger Good Shepherd’s website can be found at http://grangergoodshepherd.org/
Sunday worship is at 10:30 am.
PRAYER GARDEN/PLAYGROUND  A place of reflection, prayer, and some worship services. It can be found next to the playground and both are open to the public.

If you’re able to offer support (or need help), their paper pantry distributes household cleaning and paper products that are not available to recipients of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  Items available the last Monday of each month include paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and soap.

 

 

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Explorer Dome now available at Elm Road!

EXPLORER DOME – now available at Harris Township Park at Elm Road, between the library and the fire station on Elm Road, north of State Road 23.  Brought to you by your Harris Township elected officials: Board members Jeff Broadwick, Chuck Sulok and Karen Vargo, and Township Trustee Kenneth E. (Ken) Lindsay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAcxcbYiwjc

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Almost here – at Elm Road

Another addition to Harris Township Park at Elm Road is almost complete.  Any guesses?  Stay tuned for updates.

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New signs coming. Will it matter? Please be good neighbors.

Harris Township has two cemeteries, two parks, and the trustee office.  Not that much, but it takes work – and therefore cost – to keep everything clean and well maintained.

At the Elm Road park, we’ve seen litter a few feet from a garbage can, watched a youngster climb up on the basketball hoop and others mark the court surfaces with skateboard and bike wheels.

Recently at the Brummitt Road park, cars entered in the dead of night to rip up the new parking lot surface.

So, dear taxpayer, we’re spending your money to put up signs that ask people not to do such things.  It is one more step in our quest to provide and preserve top-notch facilities for your use.  We’re realists, but also hopeful.  Would you please pass the word – to your family, your neighborhood, and your fellow visitors – that their help to that end is appreciated.

Thank you.
Trustee Ken Lindsay

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