Asphalt platforms to be added to Ford Field

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The city council approved the installation of two asphalt pads plus the continuation of an existing platform to the grounds at Ford Field.

Councilors also approved repair work to be done to the existing asphalt in place in the park.

It is not clear yet whether or not the construction would begin before the annual Dearborn Homecoming Festival, or immediately following it.

“This is something that we have been wanting to do for a couple years,” Dearborn Deputy Director of Recreation and Parks Eric Peterson said. “Funding became available this year so we are going ahead with the plans.”

Titled the Ford Field Park Enhancements Project, the plans call for repairs to the existing asphalt in the park while adding two pads sized 20 feet by 40 feet and 40 feet by 80 feet. A extension also will be made to one of the existing asphalt platforms.

The cost of the construction will be just under $129,000, $95,000 of which will be paid for through a Wayne County Parks millage allocation.

Peterson said the park also can be used for other events or functions throughout the year, including events or corporate functions.

“These pads and repairs will allow the park to not only be used for Homecoming, but also to facilitate corporate events or a variety of special events,” Peterson said.

Peterson also said the city made a special effort to locate the new additions in places where they will not have a negative effect on the park.

“We were very conscience about not taking any green space away from the park,” Peterson said. “The areas receiving additional asphalt are currently covered with wood chips or dirt, there will be no trees removed or grass disturbed.”

The original intent was to have the construction completed before the Homecoming Festival, which is from Aug. 2 to 4, but Peterson said that the city is still checking into how long the work will take. If it can be completed before the festival it will be started soon. If not, it will begin immediately after the festival and is expected to be completed before the end of summer.

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