Placemaking at Baker Park in Coloma, MI
In July 2015, the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® received a $2,200 Placemaking Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to help make Baker Park in Coloma a better place.
The grant will be used to complete a tree-carving project in Baker Park. Located at the entrance to the downtown area, Baker Park is an historical landmark and a key gathering spot for residents and visitors. Near the center of the park is a 25-foot tree trunk that is over 100 years old.
Woodworks Chainsaw Carvings is developing a design that will be carved into the tree trunk to represent the local history of Coloma. The design is very detailed and the elements will reflect the activities, wildlife, and agriculture aspects of the community. “By combining history and beauty we will add a showpiece to the downtown,” explained City Mayor James Polashak. “This project will draw attention to this park and encourage visitors and locals to slow down and linger in the park, spend dollars in the community, and help spur our local economy.”
Mikki Swisher (American Homes Real Estate) was the REALTOR® sponsor for the Baker Park grant. Swisher explained the reason for her endorsement stating, “I want the neighborhood to be able to enjoy this very unique addition to an already utilized downtown gathering place. I find it to be a very creative way of combining both art and history into a permanent landmark for our community and those visiting to enjoy for generations.”