Cascades renovation stalls after phase one

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – With phase one of six now complete at Cascades Falls, the renovation has a long way to go.

But where’s the money to pay for phases two through six?

Commissioners say they don’t know because their budget doesn’t have the funds.

So they hope someone will step up and pay up.

“Well how it plays into the county budget is that it makes it difficult for the county to do a lot of the things that it really wants to do, so that’s why we’re relying on the private sector,” said James Shotwell Jr., chair, Jackson County commissioner.

But since this landmark means so much to the Jackson County economy, the Board of Commissions is leaving all options on the table to get it fixed up, including taxpayer money.

“I would hope that if it is a millage that goes towards it that first we have looked at all other means,” said John Polaczyk, Jackson County commissioner.

Most people notice the falls need to be restored.

There are cracks, splits and damage almost anywhere you look.

Luckily private donations seem to be making a difference.

However, those donations will need to keep coming in since the remainder of the project will cost another $9 million.

“I feel very confident that we can work with the community and the county in order to make sure that the cascades are well to do over the next 50 plus years,” said Scott Robbins, Jackson County Parks, director.

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