VILLAGE OF LEONARD

         Adopted by Leonard Village Council
                                , 2008

    Michigan Department of Natural Resource

                       Prepared By:
     Village of Leonard Parks & Recreation Committee

Cheri Arsenault, Charlene Sutherby, John Moran, Tim Hoscila, Pauline Blanka,
              David Bertolini, Paul Almeranti, Mike McDonald
                 David Hornung, Jeff Conant, Lynn Boehmer
                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

COMMUNITY PROFILE                                  3

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE                           4


    Existing Inventory                             7
    Future Enhancements                            9


         Introduction, Park Concept            11
         Park Entrance                         14
         Trail System/Screening                14
         Marsh Observation Deck                16
         Cost Estimates                        18
         Implementation                        19
         Funding                               20


         Introduction, Mill Concept                21
         Mill Entrance & Signage                   26
         Cost Estimates                            27
         Implementation                            28
         Funding                                   29


    Public Input and the Planning Process          30
    Goals and Objectives                           33
    Action Program                                 34

APPENDIX                                           35


The Village of Leonard is a general law village that is located in the north
east quadrant of Oakland County, within Addison Township. It is rural in
nature with a downtown area located at the intersection of Forest Street and
Elmwood Street. It lies within the Clinton River Watershed. It is
approximately 1 square mile in size.

 The population of the Village as found in the United States Census of 2000
 is 332 people. There were 129 households at that time. As of this writing,
the population is estimated to be slightly higher at approximately 334 people.

The Leonard Village Council introduced the idea of creating publicly owned
recreational opportunities for its residents in 1988. At that time a parcel of
land was acquired with the express purpose of creating a Village Park.
Since that time, other recreational opportunities have been developed to
benefit the residents and visitors to the Village.

The Village of Leonard was and continues to be a member community in the
linear trail system (formerly Rails to Trails) that is responsible for the Polly
Ann Trailway. Approximately one (1) mile of the Polly Ann lies within the
Village boundaries. The Village of Leonard, as a participating community,
contributes in-kind services to the Trailway by providing office space and
DPW services for the maintenance of the trail.

There is some residential growth occurring in the village that is consistent
with observations in other communities that are served by trail systems and
solid recreational plans. Communities that offer these amenities are
generally perceived by potential homebuyers to be desirable locales in which
to build and reside.

The business district of the Village has seen increased traffic due in part to
increased use of the Polly Ann Trail. The trail bisects the two main roads
that define the business district, and have increased customer traffic to the
stores and facilities in the downtown area. It has been observed that much of
this increase occurs at what normally might be considered off peak hours in
the evening and weekday hours. The economic stimulus is welcome and
needed for the sustained viability of the community. (Appendix A)


                      VILLAGE OF LEONARD

The Village Council acted in 2005 to create an ad hoc Village Park
Committee to plan and develop a Master Parks and Recreation Plan that
would coordinate the efforts of the Village to plan, develop and maintain the
recreational facilities and opportunities for the Village (Appendix B).
The Park Committee consists of members who serve at the pleasure of the
Village Council. While there are no by-laws, appointments are made from
the residents of the Village and at-large volunteers at this time. The
members of the committee meet on a regular basis to discuss and plan for
the Village recreational needs. The process to appoint committee members
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Village and surrounding area population. These Park committee members
serve with no compensation from the Village, other than the satisfaction of
contributing to their community.

In July of 2008 the Leonard Village Council made the Village Park
Committee a regular committee in official standing by permanently forming
the committee as the Village of Leonard Parks and Recreation Committee.
The committee was authorized by a resolution of Council (Appendix C).

The Park and Recreation Committee is charged with delivering an important
service to the residents along with meeting Federal and State guidelines for
Parks and Recreation plans to incorporate and provide for universal access
and education wherever practical.

The Village of Leonard and Addison Township are participating
communities together on the Polly Ann Trail Commission (Appendix D).
The Village Council appoints two elected representatives to the Polly Ann
Trail Commission. They serve and report to the Village Council on the
status and activities of the Trailway Commission. Once again, these
representatives receive no compensation for their service on the commission.
The Polly Ann Trail Commission member communities are: Addison
Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Village of Leonard and the
Village of Oxford.

The Village currently has no formal Recreation department or employees. A
budget category has been provided in the Village General Fund Budget to
provide some funding for anticipated use in the recreation area. The 2008-
2009 Village Budget has a category amount of $300.00 dollars for recreation
purposes. It is worthy of note that even though the Village had not had a
line item account for recreation in the past, it has none the less invested
significant money in supporting recreational opportunities. The past
payments were for legal fees related to the acquisition of property, study fees
for biological and engineering studies and the maintenance of existing
recreational opportunities

At the time of adoption of this plan, volunteer effort has been the primary
form of support for the maintenance and development of this plan.
The village does not have a full time planner on retainer and due to
budgetary constraints, utilizes in-house and volunteer services wherever

The Village Council is ultimately responsible for the recreation plan. The
council receives significant advice and assistance from the Parks and
Recreation Committee and Planning Commission as well as community
planning consultants where possible.

The Village lies within the Township of Addison, a general law township.
At one time the township offices were located in the village. The township
maintains one of its Fire Stations within the village as well. The Addison
Township Fire Department serves the fire service and ambulance needs
within the respective communities. A long-standing tradition of cooperation
exists between the Village of Leonard Strawberry Festival committee and
the Addison Township Firefighters association. The Strawberry Festival is a
joint community event and is held every year on the third Saturday of July
and best illustrates this community cooperation. The Strawberry Festival
has grown as the communities have grown, but still offers the rural, friendly
nature commonly associated with small town festivals.

The Village of Leonard has a long-standing relationship with the Oxford
Community School District, which serves the village with pre-primary,
primary and secondary school services. The school district maintains the
Leonard Elementary School within the village limits and both entities have
benefited from the relationship.

Students attending Leonard Elementary School have traditionally been
offered tours of the village to introduce them to the history of the Village.
These tours are offered by volunteer community residents who are
knowledgeable about the Village history. Students and Teachers also have
participated in a school parade at Halloween giving the students an
opportunity to stroll through the community and see and be seen in costume.


The Village Council has jurisdiction over all the streets and sidewalks on
public property within the Village. The Department of Public Works is
responsible for the care and upkeep of these corridors.

There are several proposed additions to the existing sidewalk infrastructure.
The Village requires the construction of sidewalks/pathways for any new
development/construction within the Village. The Village is also adding
additional lengths in 2008 to the sidewalks in Leonard to further serve the
Village residents. A stretch of sidewalk between the Leonard School and
Division Street on the North side of Elmwood is being executed at this
writing. Additionally, a further extension on the South side of East Elmwood
to the east is also underway at this writing. The construction of the new
Addison Township Fire Station Number 1 required the phased construction
of a bike safety path to be installed in conjunction with the planned
continuation of the bike safety path to the north from the Fire Station
property by the Village.

 Both the street and sidewalk network of the village will serve the
development of the proposed village park, with the added access to the Polly
Ann Trail by shared Forest Street frontage. Construction of interior trails and
access for the Village Nature Park via street and sidewalks is an integral part
of the Village Nature Park plan.

The Oxford Community Schools presence within the Village is felt chiefly
in the form of the Leonard School. Leonard Elementary School is located in
the Village. Leonard School has several playground structures within a
fenced area on the North side of the school. Seating by way of benches and
picnic tables is also on site adjacent to the play areas.

Rowland Hall, which is the location of the Village offices, has served as a
local hub for numerous activities within the Village. While not currently
available for private functions due to mechanical/physical plant concerns,
the Village Clerks office schedules and coordinates its use. Rowland Hall
has served as a location for Strawberry Festival activities as well as private
parties and celebrations.

The Polly Ann Trailway is a non-motorized Trailway that is approximately
12 miles long and traverses the communities of Orion Township, Oxford
Township, Oxford Village, Addison Township and the Village of Leonard.
The trail has approximately 1 mile of trail within the Village limits. This
trail provides opportunities for walking, jogging, bicycle and horse riding
along its length. The Blanka Trailhead is another ancillary feature of the trail
system located on Village Property along Baza Street and the Trailway. The
trailhead provides vehicle parking spaces, as well as bicycle stands and
corrals for temporary horse stabling for users of the trail. Trailhead
amenities include restroom facilities and picnic tables. The trailhead
provides easy access to the trail via access points on the western perimeter of
the trailhead. The business district and other historic buildings are within
easy walking/bicycling distance of the trailhead. The trailhead facilities are
available dawn to dusk every day of the week.

The Village Council purchased a parcel of property (commonly referred to
as the “Park Property”) approximately 3.1 acres in size on May 7,1988 for
proposed use as a public park/Open Space Preserve for the Village of
Leonard. In 1992 the Village began formal work on the development of a
plan for use of the property as a Park. A preliminary plan was drafted by a
professional planner and has been the core design for future development.
The plan is commonly referred to as the “Park Plan” and was never formally
adopted, but has served as a benchmark for planning goals for the
development of the parcel as a public nature park.


The Village Council has taken action at several levels over the course of
years to provide support for efforts to increase and enhance recreational
opportunities within the Village.

The Village Council created and appointed members of the community to a
Park Committee in September of 2005. The Park Committee was charged
with helping to formulate a plan for the development of the Village Nature
Park. Since its creation, the Committee has evolved into the Leonard Parks
and Recreation Committee and has also been charged with creating a
comprehensive recreation plan for the Village.

The Village Council purchased bicycle stands to place in designated
locations within the Village to provide a safe place for bicyclists to park and
secure their bicycle while visiting the Village. The commercial district is a
prime benefactor of increased tourism from people utilizing the Polly Ann

The adoption of zoning regulations in the Village Zoning Ordinance 19 for a
Park and Recreation District and the adoption of the Leonard Village Park
Ordinance helped define and direct the use of property as Recreationally
Zoned property has been completed by the Village Council (Appendix E).

The Village Council is making sidewalk and bicycle safety path construction
a high priority and expects to construct several hundred feet of new sidewalk
in 2008 and several hundred feet of bicycle safety path in 2009.

The Park property has had engineering surveys, MDNR Wetland reviews
and a Bat Survey performed to determine what the highest best use of the
property as a recreational use could be, with the priority of being
environmentally responsible. The property lends itself very well to use as an
open space preserving Passive Park. The property location permits easy
access from Forest Street (Rochester Road) and is adjacent to the Polly Ann
Trail. A possible future consideration could be the acquisition of the private
property that lies between the trail and the park property. This would create
a contiguous park and trail boundary and might alleviate concerns about
privacy, access and related issues.

The Village of Leonard is working to develop a diverse and secure economic
base that will provide a variety of recreational opportunities to residents and
visitors alike. The emphasis of the Village Recreation Plan has been to
highlight and enhance the most prominent recreational opportunity in the
Village, the Polly Ann Trail. The Polly Ann Trail has enhanced the
economy and enjoyment of Leonard and the Village has used its planning
resources to further enhance the enjoyment of the Trail.

The economic impact of the Polly Ann Trail is one that can help develop
Leonard as destination for recreational and residential opportunity and
stimulate the local economy in a positive manner. Trail users can find a
variety of services available to them in Leonard, and the Village businesses
are direct beneficiaries. As evidenced in this Recreation Plan, the Village
intends to develop recreational opportunities in a manner that takes
advantage of the Polly Ann Trail as a core attraction.

The goal of developing the association between the Polly Ann Trail and the
Village has meant that the Village continues to be flexible and take
advantage of its geographical location and unique history to draw visitors to
the community for recreational opportunity.

In early 2009 the Village approached the owner of the Mill to determine if
there was any intention to develop or utilize the structure. The owner
indicated that no such plans were being considered, and further, that he was
willing to consider a sale of the property and structure to any interested
party. In late 2009, discussions took place between the property owner and
Village to determine if the acquisition of the real estate would be practical
and lend itself to the community goals of the Village.



The property designated for the Village Park is located within the Village
and lies south of the Polly Ann Trail and east of Forest Street (Rochester
Road). The property is approximately 3.1 acres in area and is rectangular in
shape with the frontage on Forest Street being 321.3 feet in length and a
depth of 420 feet.

The Village applied for Wetland Reviews by the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources (MDNR) in 1990 and it was determined that while the
property has considerable wetland features, it is not of a size that would
require a state wetland permit for disturbance. The Village has no
regulations on Wetland development outside of state requirements.

The park site is currently being cleared of noxious weeds, non native and
invasive species and dead standing trees, most of which are Ash and died
due to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The area of wooded uplands is
where any development of park features is to occur. No disturbance of
wetland areas is planned.

The Park survey results from the 2005 survey were instrumental in
developing the type of park and the features considered the highest priority
based on resident replies. Some of the ideas were not feasible due to the
intrinsic properties of the park parcel itself and the availability of the limited
resources available to develop it.


The park concept plan is based upon an analysis of the sites’ natural
resources and the input of Village Officials, MDNR staff, biologists retained
by the Village, and Village residents.
The major goal of the village is the long term care and preservation of native
species on the property while providing useful recreational interactions
between park users and park resources.


The plan calls for the development and preservation of simple, passive park
features. The native flora and fauna will be identified and signage with
descriptions will be placed for the park user. The most significant feature
will be the interpretive trail system that will allow users to view the park
elements. The users will include those individuals with handicap or other
The park will be a daylight use only designated area, and is not designed or
intended to encourage nighttime use. No lighting or signage other than that
required for safety purposes are incorporated in the concept.

The following components will be described in greater detail following this

The major components of the park are:

      Park Entrance Identification/Access
      Interpretive Trail and Signage System
      Vegetative Screen/Perimeter fencing
      Universal access marsh observation deck.
      Picnic area with pitcher pump well.
      Children’s Interactive Area

These components create opportunities for a variety of recreational uses
suitable for a wide range of ages and interests. Appropriate signage for
instructional, interpretive and safety reasons are considered a priority and are
integral to the concept of the park.





       The entrance to the park should be immediately recognized as a public
facility welcoming both visitors and residents of the community alike. This
can be accomplished by defining the entry area through the use of
ornamental trees and landscaping, as well as attractive entry signage.
Placement to optimize visibility from both Forest Street and Polly Ann Trail
will promote visibility. Signage should include a key map to the park,
adjacent Trail and general location relative to the main intersection/business
district, as well as rules and regulations. At all times the signage and site
amenities will conform to Village of Leonard standards.


The interpretive trail will be such that it accomplishes multiple goals while
providing an enjoyable learning experience for its users. There will be
several interpretive stations at which the user can stop and observe the flora
and fauna in the immediate area. The stations will be located so that existing
natural features and/or ecology are highlighted.

The design of each station would include a seated observation area
consisting of a bench and a sign identifying the natural features of interest
and how they relate to other features on the trail.
The construction of the trail itself would be of sufficient base to offer stable
footing for walkers, and eventually, the entire trail would be of material
sufficient to provide a surface secure enough to allow universal access to
stations and trail areas that might not otherwise be served. Initial base
material could be wood chip or bark base, at least four to six feet wide.


In order to keep the overall character of the park as a passive recreation area
and to enhance the quiet surroundings that walkers and other potential park
users seek, both vegetative screening and fencing will be utilized. The


employment of these combined treatments should be effective in minimizing
potential conflicts from adjacent land uses.
A vegetative buffer would be developed along the Forest Street right-of –
way to provide a sense of visual privacy and to reduce road noise in the Park.
Vegetative buffering will also be an element along the southern and eastern
boundaries of the park property to provide privacy to park users and adjacent
homeowners. This would complement the fencing, which is desired for the
perimeter of the park on its southern and eastern boundaries. The vegetation
and fencing would clearly identify the boundaries of the park and inhibit
inadvertent trespassing on neighboring private property.


Suggested vegetation for screening:

      Evergreen Trees:
            White Pine
            Red Pine
            Northern White Cedar

           June Berry
           Witch Hazel

      Perimeter Ornamentals:
           Prickly Ash
           Devils Walking Stick



The marsh observation deck and the trail leading to it will be one of the
primary elements of the park design. It will feature universal access
beginning from the park entry to the observation deck itself. Construction
of the path and the deck itself will offer access for the handicapped and
disabled by virtue of materials and construction techniques meeting those

The ability to enjoy a prolonged view of the marsh and birds, reptiles and
other wildlife that inhabit it will be facilitated by the marsh observation deck.
Seating and signage will be arranged to assist and educate the park user in
identifying flora and fauna in the marsh.

The placement of any man made enhancements to the marsh or environ like
nesting boxes or feeders for local birds and wildlife will be considered only
with respect to recommended MDNR guidelines commonly associated with
these types of features.


A picnic area will be established to provide seating and resting areas for
users of the park. A manually operated water supply consisting of a pitcher
pump and well will provide a source of potable water for use. The well
installation will meet all well standards for public use. A shallow trough is
also being considered that would allow for the watering of equine users of
the adjacent Polly Ann Trail as well.

The picnic area will be located in the northern area of the park, adjacent to
the universal access trail to the marsh observation area. The area would
have trash disposal containers capable of resisting animal foraying and



An area in the park will be dedicated to challenging and familiarizing
children with the historical and traditional information about the area they
live and play in.

A display area with historically representative features like a Native
American abode typical of indigenous natives of the area will be constructed.

A raised bed planting area containing medicinal plants that were used by
Native American residents of the area along with appropriate signage will
also be featured. Plants like lamb’s ear, lavender, licorice plant and
spearmint will be featured. The raised bed will act to highlight and isolate
the plantings, and also facilitate the visitors’ ability to see, touch and smell
the plants.



                                                                     Total Cost including
        Item/Description of Work        Quantity    Estimated Cost      installation if
5' Composite Chip Pathway (1,000
                                       1000 feet      $3.00/L.F.         $3,000.00
linear feet)

5' Compressed stone/slag Pathway        300 feet      $6.00 L.F.         $1,800.00

Perimeter Fencing                       741 feet                         $11.641.00

Entrance Sign                              1         $200.00/ea           $200.00

Interpretive Guide Signs                   5         $300.00/ea          $1,500.00

Observation Deck w/Signage                 1          $4,500/ea          $4,500.00

Evergreen Trees (5'-6' ht)                14         $200.00/ea          $2,800.00

Deciduous Trees (3" caliper)               3         $250.00/ea           $750.00

Ornamental Trees (2"-3" caliper)           7         $300.00/ea          $2,100.00

Waste Receptacle                           2         $300.00/ea           $600.00

Benches/Seating                            5         $500.00/ea          $2,500.00

                                                       subtotal          $31,391.00


                                                       TOTAL             $34,550.00

NOTE:           Figures used for cost estimation are based on current
                construction costs within Oakland County, if the entire project
                were to be bid out to a contractor. Actual figures may be lower
                depending on supplier, local labor rates, use of volunteer time
                and cost of materials, etc.


The park improvements suggested by this plan may be constructed at one
time, but it may be more feasible for the Village to complete the
development in phases. The Village will seek to obtain and utilize grants as
well as local general fund monies as may be designated by the Village

Should construction funds not be available for immediate completion, the
park may be built in accordance with the following phases:

Phase 1: Construction of the marsh observation deck in order to accomplish
the universal access desired for the park. Construction will take into account
minimizing of wetland infringement. Install signage to inform the public of
the park development and construction (Permanent welcome if funding
available). Remove debris and fallen timber as necessary for safety and
construction. Establish grades in areas required for improved drainage,
safety and parking. All construction area work is to be done with active
concern for habitat preservation for indigenous flora and fauna. The cost of
this phase would be $6,300.00. Cost reductions will be managed by utilizing
donated labor wherever possible, and the use of Village DPW equipment
and volunteer community service workers.

Phase 2:      Construct and add amenities to the basic trail to enhance its use
and appearance. These improvements include development and installation
of the interpretive signage system; planting the greenbelts and other trees;
install seating and placing waste receptacles on site. The estimated cost for
this phase would be $11,250.00. Cost reductions will be attempted by
utilizing donated labor wherever possible, Village DPW equipment and
volunteer workers.

Phase 3:       Depending on funding, construction of perimeter fencing,
basic pathway installation and basic trail system would be accomplished.
Cost reductions will be attempted by utilizing donated labor wherever
possible, Village DPW equipment and volunteer workers. The estimated cost
for completion of this phase is $5,800.00 plus fencing if available.


                      FUNDING SOURCES

The funding for the construction and operation of the park would be the
responsibility of the Village Council or its designee. Funding sources may
    Line item general fund budget allocation in the Village budget.

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as allowed

    Private and in-kind donations from Village resources, private parties,
     groups and businesses.

    Application to various outside Grant and Funding sources which may

         o Land and Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF)
           Federally funded for the acquisition and/or development of
           facilities for outdoor public recreation. Currently, grant
           requires 50/50 percent match with local to approved project

         o Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF)
           Eligible projects are the same as for the L&WCF. Funds are
           provided through the sale of oil and mineral leases on State land.
           Currently, grant requires MDNR 75/25 percent local match.

         o Community Forestry Grants (MDNR)
           Eligible projects develop or enhance urban and community
           forestry resources in Michigan. Several categories are qualified
           for funding, including Management and Planning, Tree planting,
           and Education and Training.

         o DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grants
           Tree planting projects such as park and right-of-way projects
           are eligible to increase the number of properly planted,
           established and maintained trees within the DTE Energy service

                            LEONARD MILL


The Leonard Elevator, now commonly referred to as the Leonard Mill, is a
unique building that had been a working grain elevator in constant use since
its construction until recently. It is a familiar landmark in Leonard and on
the Polly Ann Trail. It is unique to Leonard and is situated alongside the
Polly Ann Trail. This building is dated to 1906, although it is believed to
have been built several years earlier. The Mill building, with its unique
shape and location, has languished for the past 10 years without use and with
minimal maintenance. The Mill property parallels the Polly Ann Trail and is
adjacent to the Polly Ann Trailhead. The overall effect of the development
of facilities in Leonard along the Trail and within easy walking distance of
the Village downtown area is planned to develop Leonard as a destination
and/or embarkation point for Trail users. Visitors seeking a rural and
convenient opportunity for a family outing or unique experience will find
Leonard to be a unique destination. Residents and visitors alike have long
identified the Village with the Mill building. Retention and development of
the Mill presents a unique opportunity that will serve to enhance recreational
opportunities for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike.


The Mill’s proximity to the Polly Ann Trail lends itself to a number of
potential uses that are currently lacking for users of the Trail. The
acquisition and development of the Leonard Mill offers the Village the
opportunity to illustrate its small business district as a safe, easy to find and
navigate destination. The relatively small number of businesses in the
Village will be viewed as a positive feature for their available services and
products. Due to the rural nature of Addison Township and Leonard, there
is virtually no traffic congestion that affects Trail users or pedestrians and
eases access to the downtown area for trail users. Paved roads and sidewalks
serve the downtown area and extend to the Polly Ann Trail and local
businesses. Hikers, bicyclists and other users can walk or ride to area
businesses and attractions. There are several seasonal events that would tie
in with the promotion of the Polly Ann Trail and Leonard.
The Leonard Mill concept is to take advantage of an existing downtown
resource and promote it to serve as a magnet and promotion to attract

visitors and Trail users to stop and enjoy the area features, businesses and

The major components of the concept plan are:

          Create a recognizable feature that associates the Village of
           Leonard in the public eye with the Polly Ann Trail.
          Preserve and rededicate a resource that has fallen into disuse to
           contribute to the community.
          Design and implement structural and façade changes to the
           current structure to make it serviceable for new uses.
          Promote the recreational and historical components of the
           Village through visual and interpretive signage in the Mill. The
           history of the Polly Ann namesake railroads and the associated
           history of the village with the conclusion of the creation of the
           Polly Ann Trail.
          Provide a sheltering area that will provide temporary respite
           from the environment, including sun, wind and rain.
          Provide a marshalling or parking area that will provide facilities
           to secure unpowered wheeled vehicles should the user desire.
          Develop cooperative agreements to promote the Leonard Mill
           to provide some trail dedicated retail service to trail users and
          Create parking and security features that will preserve the
           harmony and residential aspects of the area while facilitating
           the use of the facilities.
          Promote the educational aspects of recreation and
           environmental stewardship by demonstrating various means of
           private and public stewardship of our environment.

The development of the Leonard Mill project would be phased to provide
enough time to address the various requirements. Acquisition of the
property is the first priority and phase. Upon acquisition, the security and
safety of the building and site will be addressed. The use of the property
could be immediate as the addition of a sheltering area and informative
signage would be easily accomplished. This would also facilitate the
dedication and necessary repairs will be made and the implementation of
future requirements like ramps and other accommodations for universal
access will be provided.



The Leonard Mill is located on East Elmwood Street where the former
railroad tracks crossed the road. The property has approximately 50 feet of
frontage on East Elmwood Street, and has approximately 300 feet of
frontage on the adjacent Polly Ann Trail. The southern portion of the
property has frontage on Baza Street, which also intersects the Polly Ann
Trail. Over the years, a portion of the property has been used to access the
West side of the Mill building and is commonly used as a thoroughfare for
neighboring properties.

The frontage on East Elmwood Street is optimal for placement of the
necessary identification signage in accordance with Michigan Department of
Natural Resources Trust Fund requirements, and the short frontage on Baza
Street also lends itself to informational signage. The proximity to the
Trailhead facilities and parking area means that the bulk of the Mill property
can be dedicated to Trail and public specific uses and reduce the amount of
traffic in and around the downtown area.

The presence of the Village Department of Public Works nearby serves to
ease the effort to maintain vigilance on the facilities and the Mill property is
highly visible to a number of homes in the immediate area.

Since the use of the Polly Ann Trail is a daytime activity, there would be
minimal lighting needs for directions or night activity at the Mill. Signage
would be to inform the public of the available local services in Leonard, and
to provide information that would be related to the use of the Trail. The
signage for the Mill Property uses and activity and the nearby Trail Services
would also be present.

The following information is the foundation of establishing the cost of acquisition for the
Leonard Mill real estate. The property consists of an approximately 3 story post and
beam construction wooden building situated on an unimproved parcel of land in the
Village of Leonard.

Due to the partial collapse of the lower roof on the mill in 2005, the Mill value is difficult
to establish. It is anticipated that the value is diminished due to the cost of repairs to the
structure, and the earliest unofficial appraisal has relied on the value of the land more
than the structure.

Based on the purchase price in 2005, the real estate market in general and the lack of
significant repairs since the most recent purchase, the range of current value is estimated
to be $20,000 to $40,000 dollars.


The Village will work to acquire and develop the real estate commonly
known as the Leonard Mill. The Village will work to obtain the necessary
support services to acquire the real estate and develop it as a multi-purpose
structure. Projected uses would include but not be limited to an inclement
weather shelter area on the property and some local historical/business
education and familiarization displays. The location of the Mill and the
Polly Ann Trail will increase the presence and visibility of the downtown
area of the Village and encourage exploration and familiarization with the

The current zoning of the property will be amended to reflect the
recreational use of the property rather than the previous commercial uses.

The Village will appraise the real estate and structure to determine the
feasibility of use for the desired purposes. Local volunteer and community
service organizations will be solicited for property maintenance and
enhancement activities.

The overall design and consideration will be to make the site universally
accessible, which will require some further modification to accomplish this

The Village will manage and advertise the numerous features of the Village
that are geared towards enhancing the experience of the Polly Ann Trail.
Providing a safe, passive experience to residents and visitors will be cost

The funding for the construction and operation of the park would be the
responsibility of the Village Council or its designee. Funding sources may
    Line item general fund budget allocation in the Village budget.

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as allowed

    Private and in-kind donations from Village resources, private parties,
     groups and businesses.

    Applications to various outside Grant and Funding sources which may

         o Land and Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF)
           Federally funded for the acquisition and/or development of
           facilities for outdoor public recreation. Currently, grant
           requires 50/50 percent match with local to approved project

         o Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF)
           Eligible projects are the same as for the L&WCF. Funds are
           provided through the sale of oil and mineral leases on State land.
           Currently, grant requires MDNR 75/25 percent local match.

         o Erb Family Foundation
           The Erb Foundation’s goal is to nurture environmentally
           healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan
           Detroit and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Basin

         o Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
           Transportation Enhancement Program
           The Transportation Enhancement (TE) program is a
           competitive grant program that funds projects such as
           nonmotorized paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of
           transportation facilities that enhance Michigan's intermodal
           transportation system and improve the quality of life for
           Michigan citizens.



The drafting and creation of the Village of Leonard Park and Recreation
Plan represents the joint efforts of the Village Council, the Village Planning
Commission and the Village Parks and Recreation Committee. This
cooperation to present a comprehensive plan to Village of Leonard residents
is developed to meet and sustain current and future recreational
opportunities for Village of Leonard residents and visitors.

To that end, all meetings of the Park and Recreation Committee have
followed the guidelines of the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of
Information Act of the State of Michigan. A written record has been kept
and provided to the Village to document the meetings, dates and attendance
as well as the actions of the committee.

A public survey was mailed to every address of residents within the village
limits in 2005 under the auspices of the Planning Commission. This survey
was specifically designed so that residents of the Village were made aware
of the park zoning. A number of multiple choice and open-ended questions
were asked to elicit public sentiment and desires on future use of the park

Further, Village residents and the public were given the opportunity to
familiarize themselves with the Village Park and Recreation opportunities
via the public meetings and personal contact with committee members.
Public opinion as obtained from personal interviews and the survey was
utilized to develop the Plan and its priorities.

The Plan emphasis for the immediate future emphasizes the development of
the existing property and infrastructure. There is some overlap of the Plan
objectives and the Village Council objectives to provide bicycle safety
pathway/sidewalk construction and maintenance within the Village. Future
acquisition of property is also considered a reasonable goal in light of future
changes in priority and opportunity.

                   MEETING DATES

February 6, 2006 First park committee meeting.
April 12, 2008 Regular meeting.
April 19, 2008 Working meeting at Park property.
May 31, 2008 Working meeting at Park property.
June 23, 2008 Regular Meeting to work on Recreation Plan.
June 30, 2008 Regular Meeting to recommend Recreation Plan.
January 27, 2010 Regular meeting to recommend Recreation Plan


The Leonard Village Council announced by public notice that the Village of
Leonard Parks and Recreation Plan would be available for public review.
The Plan was available for review July 14, 2008 through August 14, 2008 (a
period of 32 days). At that time the public input would be solicited and
considered and any amendments made as deemed necessary.

The Leonard Village Council announced by public notice that an
amendment of the Village of Leonard Parks and Recreation Plan would be
available for public review. The Plan amendment was available for review
February 22, 2010 through March 8, 2010 (a period of 14 days). At that
time the public input was solicited and considered and any amendments
made as deemed necessary.


The Leonard Village Council adopted the Village of Leonard Recreation
Plan on September 8, 2008 upon a resolution of Village Council.

The Leonard Village Council adopted the amended Village of Leonard
Recreation Plan on March 8, 2010 upon a resolution of Village Council.


The Village Parks and Recreation Committee officially presented the
Leonard Village Council and the Village of Leonard Planning Commission
with the Village of Leonard Parks and Recreation 5 year plan on July 14,

The Leonard Village Council forwarded the approved Village of Leonard
Recreation Plan on its adoption and forwarded it to the State of Michigan
Department of Natural Resources on __________________, 2008.

A copy was also sent to the Oakland County Planning Board and to the
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments on _______________, 2008.

The Recreation Plan was approved by the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources on _______________________, 2008.

                GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The goal of the Village of Leonard is to provide safe and user friendly
services that enhance the lives of the residents and visitors to the community.
It is the intent of the Village to provide budgetary and human resources
consistent with the requirements of implementing and maintaining the goals
of this Recreation Plan.

The Village Recreation Plan will be updated every 5 years to insure
continued value to the community. Every attempt has been made to outline
realistic goals that are achievable in the area of recreational development.
This means care has been taken, as in the case of the Village Park Plan, to
address the use capacity of the environment in such a way as to encourage
recreational use, but preserve the natural features of the area.

This Recreation Plan is intended to encourage the involvement of local
businesses and governmental entities through participating in planning,
funding and support services. This local participation will result in the
continued development of recreational uses and encourage new and
continued development in the Village.

It is also desired to encourage further cooperation between governmental
agencies that will promote the new development of recreational
opportunities with the region and state.

Throughout this Plan it is evident that the Village is interested in providing a
variety of affordable recreational opportunities for all age groups, both in
and out of the Village boundaries. Residents and visitors will find the
recreational opportunities available and accessible, regardless of physical
ability. The plan provides for multi-seasonal uses in most of the proposed

                      ACTION PROGRAM

The Village of Leonard will support and implement the Recreation Plan by
committing to support the operation and development of recreational
opportunities for village residents.

Continuous expansion of the sidewalk and bicycle safety pathways within
the village is a continuous process, but particular emphasis will be placed on
the goals of the Recreation Plan to service the Park area. This construction
will be funded by general fund monies from the Village budget and by
Community Development Block Grant monies wherever applicable.

The Village will continue its’ active role in the management and
development of the Polly Ann Trailway system. This will include
managerial and in-kind contributions that will help with the day-to-day and
future requirements of the system.

The Village will continue the progress made on the development of the
Village Park. The Village Council will support the construction of the Park
by utilizing in-house and volunteer resources to implement the park plans
outlined in the Recreation Plan.

The Village will apply for grants to develop the Nature Park property. The
Village budget category for Recreation will be reviewed yearly and
adjustments made for appropriate goals.

Consideration was also given to possible future opportunities for new or
expanded projects in the Village. The Village will continue to monitor the
requests of the residents and is open to further property acquisition if it
meets or enhances the goal of this plan. Of particular interest and priority is
minimizing the impact of the public recreational uses on the residents and
property owners that are immediately adjacent to the public uses.

A   Village of Leonard Community Profile
B   Park Committee Authorization, charter members list
C   Park and Recreation Committee Authorization
D   Polly Ann Trail Commission Charter
E   Park Property Purchase Deed/Survey
F   Park Committee Charter Members List
G   Recreational Zoning Amendments
H   Survey Summary
I   Citizen Survey
J   Leonard Elevator/Mill Documentation


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