The Markey Township Park raised money by hosting their annual “Picnic in the Park” with a pig roast dinner, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 and more. Abundant sunshine blessed the event along with good temperatures and a good turn out from the community. Over 100 people had bought a plate after only 2 hours into the event.
Community residents came out to support the park, have a good meal and listen to good music by DJ Party Pam Straub. The event took place at Truman Gardner Park where there was plenty to keep everyone of all ages busy and having a fun time.
Not only was there food and music there was also a bouncy castle for the children provided by Sheriff Randy Stevenson, the NRA Trailer for kids to shoot at targets provided by the Sportsman’s Club and an archery set up provided by Center Shot Archery.
Also set up at the event was the MRWA (Missaukee River Watershed Assembly) and they were educating people about “Aquatic Hitch Hikers” when boating. They are going around to different boat launches and offering to power wash boats off as they come out of the water to help stop people from dragging plants and creatures onto the shore.
“Plants are the worst; they get stuck in the motors and then dragged up by shore, which makes for uncomfortable swimming.” Said Shelby Eagen with MRWA
Markey Township is using the money raised to add new additions to the Markey Memorial Park such as a new drinking fountain, Dog Park and a fitness path. They are hoping to add more to the park as the funds become available such as a splash pad, play structure, horse shoes, basketball set up, and more. The township said it will have to do all of these additions in stages; however their main goal for this year is to get the fitness path and drinking fountain in place as soon as possible.
By Andrea Gregory