2018 Report

ANNUAL REPORT

2018

In 2018 the Genesee County Parks celebrated 50 years of celebrating the best of nature, 50 years of preserving our Great Lakes history and heritage, 50 years of offering a tremendous recreational infrastructure to the people of Genesee County (and beyond). And, of course, 50 years of support from the people of Genesee County, who’ve made it possible to create, protect, nurture and grow the biggest, most diverse and best county park system in Michigan. But however important the first 50 years have been . . . we always remember that 50 years is just the beginning. They’re our parks. They’re your parks. The Genesee County Parks.

PARKS BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

MISSION: Genesee County Parks is dedicated to quality recreational opportunities for everyone and preservation of natural resources.

Vision: We see, anticipate and lead with integrity of character and create positive change.

Consistency: We maintain a standard of serving the community and doing business that treats all the same.

Customer Service: We strive to provide our guests with a quality experience from all interactions in our parks.

Integrity: We can be trusted to do what we say we are going to do with consistency, character and transparency.

Stewardship: We are committed to the responsible management of our natural resources.

Teamwork: We recognize the strength in our collective knowledge and skills to provide a greater service to our community and guests.

We welcomed a new Director!

Barry M. June

 

OUR 2018 COMMISSIONERS

Joe Krapohl

(Citizen Representative)

James Washington

(Citizen Representative)

Ted Henry

(County Commissioner)

Mike Lynch

(Citizen Representative)

Bryant Nolden

(County Commissioner)

Jeff Wright

(Drain Commissioner)

Cloyce Dickerson

(Road Commission Designee)

David Martin

(County Commissioner)

Mike Keeler

(Citizen Representative)

Gloria Nealy

(Planning Commission Designee)

GENESEE COUNTY PARKS BY THE NUMBERS

OUR ACRES OF PARKS

Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission has expanded for the first time in over 30 years with its newest addition, Atlas County Park. This acquisition of property in the southeastern corner of the county allows for another 155 acres of beautiful hiking, fishing and paddling.

Genesee Recreation Area:

4460 Acres

 

Holloway Regional Park:

5860 Acres

 

Linden, For-Mar, Buell and Flushing:

950 Acres

 

City of Flint Parks Partnership:

483.5 Acres

 

Total Land:

11,270 Acres

WATERS AVAILABLE FOR RECREATION

Mott Lake:

650 Acres

 

Holloway Reservoir:

1975 Acres

 

Buell Lake:

178 Acres

 

Flint River:

29 Miles

 

NUMBER OF LOCATIONS

24 PARKS

15 FISHING SITES

NUMBER OF STAFF

41,432

Program Participants

 

559

Adaptive Recreation Programs

 

54

Special events booked in 2017.

That includes BMX events, horse shows, 5K run/walks, fundraisers, fishing tournaments, RC boats, disc golf, celebrations and meetings, a tractor drive, the Genesee County Fair, and the Warrior Dash.

5,736

Total boat launch passes sold

 

10,202

Nights reserved for camping 

7,090

Total Mounds passes sold

FOR-MAR EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum continued to offer a wide variety of educational nature programs to participants in 2018.  Programs included everything from weekly children’s programming, event rentals, birthday parties, public events and programs and field trips at For-Mar to For-Mar on the Road programs in schools and at community events. Also included were For-Mar on the Road programs at other park locations, community gardens and adaptive recreation programs at For-Mar and at Senior Centers and care facilities.  Participants had the opportunity to learn about nature, gardening, animals, plants, trees, weather, birds, bugs reptiles and so much more through hands on activities with engaging naturalist and horticulturalist staff.

FOR-MAR VISITORS

FOR-MAR PROGRAMS

FOR-MAR ON THE ROAD

CROSSROADS VILLAGE ATTENDANCE

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER HOURS

 

54,400

Total Number of Volunteer Hours

 

$1,342,000

Value of Volunteer Hours

 

452,565 TOTAL WEBSITE VISITS

298,790 TOTAL UNIQUE USERS

3,064,694 TOTAL SOCIAL MEDIA AD IMPRESSIONS

 

 

SOCIAL FOLLOWERS

 

Facebook: 78,231

 

Instagram: 1,030

 

Twitter: 2,469

Founded in 2004 as Michigan’s first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB) has been honored with the President’s Circle Award for ten consecutive years. And in 2016 Keep Genesee County Beautiful became a program of the Genesee County Parks.

KGCB works with community members and organizations to enhance parks and open spaces throughout the county, helping make – and keep – them beautiful, clean and sustainable. KGCB is also a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability throughout Genesee County, with programs that include: Working with the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Flint to hold spring and fall household hazardous waste collections, offering education about recycling throughout the community and providing recycling bins to Flint residents. In the wake of Flint’s water crisis, KGCB has been a valuable resource for residents looking for information about recycling water bottles and used water filter cartridges.

COMMUNITY CLEANUPS

 

111,480

pounds of garbage collected

 151,240
pounds of yard waste collected

62 of 70

public spaces and parks owned by the City of Flint have been adopted

571
shrubs, plants, flowers and bulbs planted

36

new maintained gardens, green spaces and gateways through Cultivating Our Community Program

36,000
9-Volt batteries from Keep America Beautiful distributed for fire safety

430

new signups for City of Flint resident recycling

 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS DROPPED OFF FOR DISPOSAL

 

 

NEW PROJECTS, EVENTS AND

IMPROVEMENTS

 

For-Mar Updates

 

Replaced trail culverts through For-Mar

New flooring in the DeWaters Building. Dewaters was cleaned and began transformation into an early learners educational center.

The drive in from Potter Road was paved, the parking lot was seal coated and city water was added to the DeWaters building as part of the Karegnondi Water Supply pipeline project that crossed through For-Mar.

Atlas County Park, parking lot construction and grand opening.

 

Added water hookups to Wolverine Campground pull-through sites, built a new exit road and dump stations.

 

ADA improvements at Bluebell Beach: accessible walkways, beach pads and transfer stations

 

Removal of Hamilton and Fabri Dams as part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project

 

CROSSROADS VILLAGE & HUCKLEBERRY RAILROAD UPDATES

 

RESTORATION OF ENGINE 152

The Huckleberry Railroad was busy this year with completing the restoration work on Engine 152. Work on Engine 152 was made possible thanks to a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation.

 

Refaced Saulter Log Cabin

Painted the Buzzell House and Mason Tavern

Finished roof work on Calkins Barn and Atlas Mill

New fencing and windows

Brick work and new roof on Cafe, Opera House and General Store Buildings on Main Street

FLINT RIVER TRAIL AND IRON BELLE TRAIL

The Genesee County Parks trail program continued in a big way in 2018. A new section of the Iron Belle Trail opened connecting the Parks Administrative Office to Vassar Rd. In addition, a section running through Chevy Commons was completed connecting the Iron-Belle/Flint River Trails to the Genesee Valley Trail.
 

RANGER HIGHLIGHTS

 

We’ve increased seasonal Rangers from 40 to 50 people, added 2 full time Rangers, added patrols to Flint River Trail and adjoining City of Flint park areas.

OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT

ECONOMIC IMPACT THE PARKS COMMISSION HAS

$18,844,547

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission makes a significant economic impact to the local community through tourism, local purchasing and local payroll. PROS Consulting LLC performed an economic impact analysis to measure the economic benefit from the operations of the Parks Commission. Tourism functions, Commission operations, and the value of volunteer services were analyzed.

 

TAX/MILLAGE REVENUE

$6,225,504

 

Accomodations Tax:
$385,568

Grants List

 

Keep Genesee County Beautiful

Ruth Mott Foundation
$336,127

HHW
$26,167

Ruth Mott Foundation
$88,000

$450,294

 

State of Michigan

Mounds
$50,000

DNR Trust Fund 16-0102
$300,000

Iron Belle Trail 17-01
$25,000

Dam Management 16-003
$3,000,000

DNR Trust Fund 16-0205
$6,056,000

DNR Trust Fund 16-0208
$400,000

DNR Trust Fund 16-0101
$545,200

 

Miscellaneous

Serra Family Foundation
$5,000

EPA
$533,280

Loeb Charitable Trust
$20,000

Community Foundation
$12,000

Friends of For-Mar Foundation
$10,000

Linden, Argentine, Fenton and Fenton TWP Trail
$16,772

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
$1,400,000

USTA
$500

Michigan Parks and Recreation Association
$5,000

 

2017 EARNED INCOME

Total: $676,159

CROSSROADS VILLAGE REVENUE

 

Total:

$2,045,845 

 

“We love our parks”. If you are wondering just how we here at the Genesee County Parks managed to get all of the work done in this report, that’s the answer. It’s our love of our parks and our love for our community that gets us up and keeps us going in all kinds of weather, all year long. And, of course, it’s not just us. Our tremendously generous Genesee County residents, volunteers, public and private partners, and local philanthropic community are all the not-so-secret ingredients to our success. We are grateful to you and we are grateful for you.

Barry M. June, Director

Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission