KBIC recreation plan will include Ojibwa heritage

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is creating a new five-year recreation plan.

Lori Ann Sherman, KBIC Natural Resources director, said the goal is “to move forward on needs and goals of our community.”

According to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, the recreation plan provides a five-year framework to municipalities for decisions regarding the establishment, development and maintenance of recreational programs and facilities.

In November there was a meeting to obtain the views of area residents on creating an inventory of the parks and recreational areas, plus any projects or activities they would like to see in or on these areas over the next five years.

Some findings from the meeting were the community is interested in protecting natural areas, adding Ojibwe signage at all recreation areas, improving playgrounds and exercise stations, creating new areas such as outdoor skating rink, archery/shooting range, tennis courts, laser tag and creating a sledding hill, said Sherman.

“It was great to hear that people want our language included in signage at recreational areas,” said Sherman.

These plans include a study and assessment of current facilities, input from the public and an action plan with goals and objectives including time frames and cost estimates for prioritized projects.

Sherman says a draft of the plan will be available in January.