Spring is Here and Activities are Coming

Springtime is upon us, the spring floods have (we hope) receded, and we are starting a new year at the Mott Park Recreation Area. On Earth Day, we were visited by a group of students from Kettering’s Habitat for Humanity chapter who cut up and removed a lot of branches and logs from the dying oak that fell in the grove south of the clubhouse. We want to thank them, Republic, who picked up many bags of yard waste, and whoever helped themselves to the logs we piled on Nolen at the end of Frank. We noticed they were gone by Monday.

We planted more milkweed in the naturalized areas and some wetlands wildflower mix in the wetter areas of the park. While doing this, we asked a couple of kids on mini-4-wheelers to please find another place to ride because the park is still too wet. We also saw someone on a larger red 4-wheeler that looked like the one belonging to the guy the cops caught and warned last year. He took off across the bridge and exited onto Sheffield. We now have cops dedicated to the University Avenue corridor and if they catch him this year, the city wants us to have him arrested and prosecuted.

We have received funding from a very generous donor to cover our mowing expenses for this year. Thank you very much Kettering University. This will allow us to begin fundraising for one or more of the improvement projects we have planned for the recreation area. We are currently pursuing a matching grant for the first of our projects–we hope to give you more news about this soon.

As I write this, the Flint River Watershed Coalition is working on their Spring River Cleanup. This is also the final day to sign up for the 2nd Annual Woodland Park Academy Color Run which is scheduled to take place in the recreation area on May 13. This is also the last day to register for the Crim Training Program to get ready for the Crim Festival of Races which will skirt the recreation area on August 26. Also this summer, the Flint River Flotilla is scheduled for Saturday, August 5.

Please check our calendar for upcoming events and watch this space for announcements about our plans at the Mott Park Recreation Area.

The Holiday Giving Season Is Coming

As the Holidays approach, and with them, the end of 2015, you may take this as your opportunity to make a contribution to our recreation area and have a charitable deduction for your 2015 taxes.

We have (almost) finished the year and our accounts are in the black (although very slightly). The lights are still on in the parking lot and along the sledding hill and may make you feel more comfortable using the area after dark during these long, early winter evenings. The heat is still on (at 55 F) in the clubhouse to keep it from freezing. The mowers are put away for the season and we hope not to use them until April or May.

We could use funds for more lighting and security cameras (we have been trying a borrowed camera in the garage area and it is working well). We could try putting up some holiday lighting again although our fiasco at the bridge last year did not work out so well. Of course, we will need funds to get our grounds maintenance program started again next spring; and we hope to begin the work to modify our “natural areas” to be actual “native plants and wildflower” areas to attract even more birds and butterflies.

If you wish to make a contribution to our area, you can mail us a check or contribute online on our contributions page (above, far right). If you contribute, we will add your name to our list of honor (unless you wish to remain anonymous). We will also send you a receipt for your tax records.

Looking forward to hearing from you, we wish you a very merry holiday season from the Mott Park Recreation Association Board.

60th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

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Longest running road race in Michigan
One Mile and Two Mile Start @ 9:00AM
Three Mile Starts @ 9:30AM
Registration Opens @ 8:00AM
Online Registration available @ https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/ThanksgivingDayTurkeyTrot
Please be advised this year we are not admitting bikes or dogs due to problems in prior years. We aim to make this a kid friendly race.
All race proceeds go to the St. Pius Theatre program and the YMCA Summer Camp program

Grounds Maintenance Update

We got our mower back at the end of last week and it’s working great thanks to Nate’s Lawn Shop in Flushing!  Our large Toro 4000D mower had cooling and hydraulic problems and it cost us over $1000 to repair. Our volunteers have begun mowing our meadow areas, starting with the clubhouse area, the sledding hill, and the western area along Sunset near Ballenger (old #4 fairway). We expect to have the whole park mowed by early next week and will then begin cross-cutting.

We wish to thank the supporters who have donated to support our mowing program since we set up our on-line contribution account. If you wish to join them to help us finish the summer mowing season, please visit our Contributions page or send a check to Mott Park Recreation Area, 1001 Dupont St., Flint, MI 48504. Remember, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as provided by law. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.

Grounds Maintenance

We’re sorry if the recreation area grass is getting a bit long, but our large Toro 4000D mower is down with cooling and hydraulic problems. It has been at the repair shop for over three weeks, and we hope to have it back soon. We have already paid a $600 deposit on the repairs and hope the total isn’t too much higher. We wish to thank the supporters who have donated to support our mowing program since we set up our on-line contribution account. If you wish to join them to help us get our mower back and finish the summer mowing season, please visit our Contributions page or send a check to Mott Park Recreation Area, 1001 Dupont St., Flint, MI 48504. Remember, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as provided by law. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.

Fishing Tournament this Weekend

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The River Bassin’ Tournament tour is making a stop in Flint this weekend. They will have a captains meeting on Friday evening. Tournament participants will launch their Kayaks at Tenacity Brewing on Grand Traverse (just like the Flotilla) at around 6 AM on Saturday. Lines-in will be at 6:15. If you would like to register for the tournament, please click here.

The fishermen will, I am sure, move down the river to seek out likely spots for Bass. You can observe them from our banks and bridges as they pass the recreation area.

There will be a disc golf tournament taking place in the recreation area that morning, so please be respectful of the golfers.

Disc Golf Tournament Scheduled!

The Flint Town Flyerz Disc Golf Club has laid out a provisional course at the recreation area and has scheduled a club championship event there to test the layout. The tournament will be played on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM, the players meeting  will be at 9:00 and tee-off will be at 9:15. Their post about the tournament, called the FTF Drive-By, on discgolfscene.com says,

This is a Flint Town Flyerz members only event. This event is free to club members. You can purchase a membership the morning of the tournament for $20. We will be playing 2 rounds of 18 holes( on a 9 hole temp course.) This will be divisional play. Payouts will be in plastic. We will have multiple CTPs. We will also be giving away an Innova disccatcher sport via random number generator. You can register online by putting your name, pdga#, and division in the comments section.

Given the door prize, an Innova Discatcher Sport, we presume they will be using nine of those as targets for their temporary course during the tournament (or perhaps something similar).

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The field will be limited to 60 players and 15 have registered so far (8/13). If you are interested in participating, please contact the Flint Town Flyerz at https://www.facebook.com/Flint-Town-Flyerz-Disc-Golf-Club-300010993357185/home