St. Johns Community Spray Park Hours

The Spray Park will be open June 1-September 2, 2019

Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

*Spray Park hours for the 4th of July Holiday is 10:00 am to 9:00 pm*

There is no admission charge. Parents are responsible for their children.

Restrooms are available on the West side of the building. 

Large groups are encouraged to contact the recreation department at 989-224-8944 x 227 and let them know the date, time and duration of your visit to the spray park.

Why a Spray Park?

For over 50 years, area children had enjoyed coming to Veterans Memorial Pool.  Unfortunately, due to its aging condition, low attendance, and the expense to update and operate a seasonal pool, the City decided to close it.  Since the closing of the pool, a citizens group was formed by the City of St. Johns Parks and Recreation Board with the purpose of bringing a water spray park to replace the pool.

The original pool was built by the Veterans of the area in the early 1950's to give families a safe place to play.  It is the intent of the committee to follow the Veterans' intent by providing a more modern and family-friendly place for area residents to play.

Cost of the Spray Park is estimated to be between $350,000-$450,000.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact co-chairs of the Citizens Committee; Bill Schafer, City Recreation Director at 224-8944 ext. 227; or Suzie Fromson on Facebook at St. Johns, MI Spray Park.

Thank you,

City of St. Johns Parks and Recreation Board

Citizens for a Spray Park Committee

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Local Development Finance Authority

The Local Development Financing Act, Public Act 281 of 1986, as amended, allows a city, village, or urban township to utilize tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements. This tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation. Communities across Michigan have utilized LDFA districts to extend sewer and water lines, to construct roads, and to service manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.

The financing mechanism allows for the capture of the incremental growth of local property taxes over a period of time to fund public infrastructure improvements. By leveraging future tax increments, the LDFA is able to finance these public improvements, which can lead to new development opportunities within the community.

Staff contact for the LDFA: Jon Stoppels, City Manager, (989) 224-8944 ext. 220, 

Any other information required by MCL 125.4910(1) can be obtained at St. Johns City Offices, 100 E. State Street, Suite #1100, St. Johns, Michigan 48879.

Resolution Creating LDFA

TIF & Development Plan



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