FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 29 JUL 04
Contact: Paul Curtis, 517-335-4832
Public input sought for Ionia Recreation Area plan
State recreation officials today announced an Aug. 12 public information meeting to discuss a proposed management plan for Ionia Recreation Area in Ionia County.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ionia High School's Montcalm Community College Ionia Center, Room 304, 250 E. Tuttle Road, Ionia.
Management plans determine future uses of the popular recreation area by identifying its unique purpose and significance to visitors.
“We want the local community to have a voice in the future recreation options at Ionia Recreation Area,” Park Planner Paul Curtis said. “We need to hear from people who use the park regularly because their input is critical in formulating a successful plan.”
Renowned for its dog trials area, Ionia Recreation Area is also a water recreation haven with 140-acre Sessions Lake and four miles of Grand River frontage. The park’s 4,500 acres of flat to rolling terrain mixes open field, mature hardwood forest and pine plantations. Dammed waterfowl floodings and other wetlands dot the park. Horseback riding trails and an equestrian campground also provide recreation opportunities.
After a review of the planning process and the significant qualities of the park, people may ask questions and provide comments about the park, the resources found there, and planning efforts underway.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for this meeting should contact Paul Curtis at 517-335-4832 (TTY 711) a minimum of 72 hours in advance.