SHELBY — The Village of Shelby was the recent recipient of an Oceana County Community Foundation Grant, which will be used to offset the purchase price of green space between Magooz Flooring and Images Salon on Michigan Avenue.

According to Shelby Village Interim Village Administrator Bill Cousins, “The village plans to develop a pocket park there in the spring which will provide a pleasing connector between Shelby’s main street and the William Field Memorial Hart to Montague Rail Trail. The village’s Economic Development Fellow, Emily Stuhldreher, initiated the plan and worked with the property owner and village to purchase the property for the creation of a pocket park in downtown Shelby. She was instrumental in applying for the community foundation grant to help with the cost to the village. The Village Council has continued its focus to improve the downtown area and promote Shelby businesses. Now, Shelby will have a park area in the middle of the downtown that can provide a comfortable place to relax, have coffee or a meal with friends and rest while on a bike ride through the area. The park will be usable almost as soon as the purchase is completed later in November. The Village Christmas Tree is slated to be displayed in the park this year. Stuhldreher is currently working on plans for the development of the park next spring. Anyone interested in helping to formulate the plans for the park are asked to contact Ms. Stuhldreher directly at 734-277-2200, or contact the village office at 231-861-4400.”

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