Community comes together to fund low ropes course at nature center

Children play on the course at the Outdoorsy Kids Day Camp which took place July 11-14 at the Robert Williams Nature and Historical Learning Center, 10069 Atherton Rd. Photos provided

DAVISON TWP. – There is a new low ropes course at the Robert Williams Nature and Historical Learning Center, 10069 Atherton Rd.

Davison Township Parks and Recreation began seeking funding in early 2022 to install a low ropes course in the center.

They applied for and received a $5,600 grant from the Davison Community Foundation.

Upon hearing of the project, Cooper Companies (Fernco) provided the balance necessary for the department to quickly begin the process of installing what will henceforth be known as the Cooper Companies Low Ropes Course for Parks and Recreation in the Township of Davison.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this new opportunity to the Davison community,” said Casey Reed, director of Davison Parks and Recreation. “It was a project on my list when I started with Davison Township Parks in 2015. Then when Recreation Coordinator Deanna Leddick started with us in November 2021, it was also at the top of her list, therefore , we decided to pursue it and make it happen.

course building.  Once project funding is complete, the parks

course building. Once project funding is complete, the parks

The course, built by Obstacle Builders LLC in Arizona, has 12 different elements, ranging from a zigzag rock face to suspended tires to traverse, Reed said.

The course is expected to contribute to youth development, community building activities, health and well-being, as well as improving outdoor recreation, she said.

The course will be open to the public for use at their own risk but will also be available for private rentals for Team Building.

The Robert Williams Nature Center is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. This location is also used for field trips, after-school clubs, programming, special events, and private rentals.

The Davison Township Parks and Recreation Department was established in 2015 after the township began development of the Callis Lake Recreation Complex.

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees six park properties: Black Creek Trail, Davison Area Dog Park, Kitchen School – Zirnhelt Park, Lake Callis Recreation Complex, Robert Williams Nature and Historical Learning Center, and Veterans Court of Honor.

The Davison Community Fund is part of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint which serves the common good in Genesee County – building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and growing the community’s permanent endowment – now and for generations to come.

CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $154 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County, including its community funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc.

Cooper Companies, a group of companies known over the years as Fernco, is a plumbing manufacturer operating in the Davison community for over 40 years.

Reed said in appreciation to this community and its employees, Cooper Companies strives to support projects in the greater Davison area that “make it a great place to work, live and enjoy for everyone.”

“We were very fortunate to have the support of the Cooper Companies and the Davison Community Fund,” she said. “It allowed us to move quickly on the project and open it before the end of the summer.”

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