- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint residents gathered together to celebrate the restoration of an urban park and lake after a cleanup effort led by local officials.

The Flint Journal reports (https://bit.ly/WmviDY ) about 100 people attended a Thursday picnic at Flint Park Lake to take in its makeover. Genesee County parks and the Flint River Watershed Coalition hosted the picnic after working with the city to clean up brush and dead trees from the area.

Rebecca Fedewa, director of the Watershed Coalition, said she worked with the Planning and Zoning Center of Michigan State University to identify the park’s problem areas and provide greater access to members of the community.

“The fact that we have a lake here in the city, we feel it’s so important when we have these recreational opportunities that people have safe access to them,” she said.

The county parks director, Amy McMillan, said the lake is one of several local parks that had fallen into disarray. She said the area’s renewed beauty could help boost property values.

Flint resident Terry Williams said the change is “like day and night.” He said the cleanup has brought people together and his seven grandkids are now excited to go fishing in the lake.

“They get more excited to catch fish than opening presents on Christmas,” he said.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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