Placemaking in Howard Township
September 30, 2020 – The Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® received two $2,500 Placemaking Grants from the National Association of REALTORS® to help make Howard Township Parks a better place.
The grants, totaling $5,000, were used to resurface the tennis and basketball courts at both Jones Memorial Park and Hatcherville Park in Niles, MI.
Bill Kasprzak, Howard Township Supervisor, explained that revenue sharing funds from the State of Michigan were cut drastically due to the pandemic, making it harder for local governments to pay the bills. “Our funds are very limited, so we are incredibly thankful for these grants and everything the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors has done for our community,” said Kasprzak.
Debbie Floor (Integrity Real Estate Professionals, ERA Powered) was the REALTOR® sponsor for the grants. Floor explained the reason for her endorsement stating, “I have lived in Howard Township my whole life and am very proud of my rural community. I was happy to sponsor the grants to help improve the parks and my community.”
The members of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS® take great pride in finding and funding solutions that make Southwestern Michigan a better place to live, work, and play. The Placemaking Program achieves this by transforming unused and underutilized sites into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit swmar.com.