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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Depot Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


A  ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday morning September 22 to officially open up the expanded area and the new playground equipment at Depot Park.  The new play equipment includes a climber, and many other pieces of new equipment.

Thanks go out to  these groups which contributed money to refurbish the park: 

  • The Clarkston Area Optimists Club 
  • Clarkston United Methodist Church Vacation Bible students .

Thanks to the work from the following groups and people, the children in the Clarkston community have new and refurbished toys to play on.

  • Dick Niazy of  Android Industries in Flint, donated the stripping and powder coating of Evans choo-choo and the truck.  
  • The Clarkston Cultural Arts Council members Denyse Couture and Dana Blust who painted Evan's Choo Choo and the truck with bright flowers, and hid special bugs for children to discover among the painted foliage
  • The members of the Clarkston United Methodist Church who participated in the recent river clean-up day
  • The City of the Village of Clarkston, which purchased mulch
  • Special thanks the Clarkston DPW and the Clarkston Optimists members for installing the new playground equipment.

Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony, from left to right: 

Jim Brueck, Native Lakescapes, who maintains our rain garden;   Hal Wheemhoff, Pastor, Clarkston United Methodist Church;  Jonathan Smith: City Manager of Clarkston;  Robin Nance, mother of Evan Nance, the inspiration for Evan's Choo Choo; Tom Lowrie previous owner of Lowrie's Landscape Company, Optimist Club member;  Ken Ermer, Optimist Club member; Dick Niazy, Android Industries of Flint; Emily Duthinh, member of FDC, Board President of North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC). Eric Haven, Chairman , Friends of Depot Park committee.

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