Park Improvements

Howell Community Park

Howell Park Conceptual Master Plan
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Project Overview

In 2015, the BREC Planning & Engineering team worked with the community to create a master plan for Howell Community Park. Input from the community was collected via open house forums and surveys. Based on the information received from the public, several conceptual plans were developed and presented at public meetings for further input from the community. Part of the Howell Park master plan includes the repurposing of the 80-acre golf course. After a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation recommended the closure of the course due to extremely low play, it was decided that what was previously the Howell Park Golf Course would become a large addition to Howell Community Park. The conceptual master plan for Howell Community Park was finalized at the end of 2015.

New Features in Current Project Improvements:

  • new play area
  • new fishing and paddling pond
  • new earthen amphitheater
  • new lighted basketball courts
  • new driveways and parking
  • new walking and jogging track
  • new adventure playground
  • new multi-use athletic field
  • improved bridges

Project Updates:

  • June 6, 2015 - First public meeting held at Howell Park
  • September 22, 2015 - Second public meeting held
  • October 3-4, 2015 - Scientific surveys conducted of 306 households in 2 mile radius of Howell Park
  • November 2015 - Commission approved closing and repurposing Howell Golf Course
  • December 11, 2015 - Final Conceptual Master Plan created
  • January 2016 - Selecting consultant to work on design/construction drawings
  • February 2016 - Consultant selected to work on design/construction drawings
  • April 2016 - Consultant working through Schematic Design – Working on Budget
  • September 2016 - Howell Golf Course Closed
  • September 23, 2016 - Groundbreaking held for Phase 1 of Master Plan
  • November 2016 - Construction is underway and the lake is roughly 70% excavated
  • March 2017 - Concrete installation has begun with roads and parking to follow soon
  • October 2017 - Construction estimated at 85% completion. Spring 2018 grand opening likely

Estimated Budget for Current Improvements: $2,792,500

Estimated Completion for Current Improvements: Winter 2017

Related Links and Project Documents 

Howell Conceptual Plans

Howell Park First Public Meeting Results

National Golf Foundation Study 

BREC Breaks Ground on Major Expansion to Howell Community Park

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