Grant helps Quinnesec park, Christmas in Quinnesec event

Jay Davis photo Breitung Township Department of Public Works employees Bill Bailey, left, and Chris Wilcox decorate a tree near the pavilion in the Quinnesec Park and Recreation Complex.

QUINNESEC — Breitung Township recently was awarded a Prosperous Places mini-grant from the Central Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Initiative to increase awareness of the Quinnesec Park and Recreation Complex at Lincoln, Cliff and River streets.

Grant funding, as well as township match money and community donations, already have benefited the township’s Christmas decorations and the Christmas in Quinnesec event.

This year’s event will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park and include a community tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. Resident Mary Ellen Dixon started Christmas in Quinnesec last year and remains the main organizer.

Grant funding also will be used for year-round lights and signs, with seasonal changes, leading into the park.

After the Quinnesec School was torn down, a community-led fundraising effort obtained the initial playground equipment and pavilion improvements at the park.

Through continued efforts by the community, with township support, the old school grounds were combined with existing recreational facilities to create a complex with a soccer field, softball field with batting cage, two Little League baseball fields, a covered pavilion with ample parking, basketball and tennis courts, concession stands, a warming house for the ice rink and a skate park.

The township budgets for and has staff within the Department of Public Works to maintain the facilities, and has agreements with the baseball, softball and soccer leagues for maintenance and improvements to comply with league standards.