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Networks Northwest Working to Update Manistee County Park & Recreation Plan

January 26, 2021

The Networks Northwest Community Development team, at the request of Manistee County, recently began the collaborative process of bringing together all 21 units of government in the county for an update to the County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan. The plan was the first of its kind when developed in 2016 and includes Manistee County, the City of Manistee, five Villages, and 14 Townships.  

The Community Development team is exploring how to further improve the flow of the document, while meeting the needs of the community through expansion of the recreation inventory and the establishment and updating of goals. When it is completed the document will meet eligibility for all 21 units of government within Manistee County as an approved State of Michigan 5-year Park and Recreation Plan.

For more information about the County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan, please contact Networks Northwest Regional Director of Community Development, Robert Carson at


Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission