DDA proposes electricity, clock tower for Cardinal Park

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Downtown Development Authority Director Susan Louvet proposed adding electricity and a clock tower to Cardinal Park, at northeast corner of Oakwood Boulevard and Prospect Street in Melvindale.

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Downtown Development Authority Director Susan Louvet proposed adding electricity and a clock tower to Cardinal Park, at northeast corner of Oakwood Boulevard and Prospect Street in Melvindale.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Electricity and a clock tower were proposed for Cardinal Park, the Farmers Market site at Oakwood and Prospect, at the Oct. 19 Downtown Development Authority meeting by Director Susan Louvet.

Mayor Stacy Striz said when the site plan for Cardinal Park was first developed, a wall, electrical connections and lighting were desired but not financially feasible, but improvements to the park might be possible if done in phases.

“I think that maybe we should start looking at Phase II of that park and adding some electricity in there and possibly some light,” Striz said. “(Louvet) can have vendors there that can plug into the electricity.”

Louvet said a power connection can facilitate musical concerts in the park and other options.

Jeanette Decaire suggested that free movie nights could be held in the park once electrical power is available.

Striz said electricity in the park will make it more usable.

“I would also like to challenge all of you for the next meeting to think about any projects you see and would be worthy of doing in the DDA area,” Striz said at the meeting. “I personally hate the asphalt between the street and sidewalks. I wish it wasn’t there, but you choose your battles.”

Striz said it would look nicer if it were more finished, and it looks “ratty” when there is no grass between the street and the curb.

“I would rather see the park get finished than do that, but we haven’t done any (DDA) projects this year, so I think it is good to look at,” Striz said.

Louvet said Councilman Carl Louvet suggested a clock tower, which would be feasible with the electrification of Cardinal Park.

“A lot of the pocket parks in other cities, like Allen Park and Woodhaven, they have just a small clock tower,” Susan Louvet said. “It kind of gives it like a downtown feel, so that is something else that we could explore, and do it hand-in-hand with the electricity. It would look nice there.”

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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