JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – An extensive renovation started in the city of Jackson Monday in an effort to strengthen the community.
Renovation on the Cascades, a well-known park in Jackson County started at 8 a.m. Monday. It’s a community project that will take four to six years to complete.
“I think it will help the community and gives everybody a chance to see the falls without having to pay and go inside,” said Chuck Mogle, resident of Jackson.
The Cascades have had a long history in Jackson, bringing in thousands of visitors every summer for their events. Construction is currently taking place and the walls are beginning to come down.
“What will happen is the wall will be removed, and then we’ll be looking at actually leveling out what was currently the amphi-theatre down to grade level so you’re able to actually see all of the Cascades.
“From both the road and also to the trail and kind of restore it back to what it was back in 1932, when it was first open,” said Scott Robbins, Parks and Fair Director of Jackson County.
Groups within the community also see a benefit from this project.
“Within that group we hold our relay within this park, and so we already have the cascades as one of our beautiful back drops for our evening ceremonies. So to be able to see it from where we relay from is going to be spectacular and it’s just going to make our event that much more special,” said Monica Hommerding, event chair member, American Cancer Society – Relay for Life.
Fundraising for phase two will begin in January to raise money for electrical and plumbing construction.