BALDWIN — The Baldwin Downtown Development Association (DDA) is working on upgrades to the Brown Trout Sculpture in downtown Baldwin.
DDA Chairperson Jane Allison told the board the original sculptor, Ivan Iler, will begin work on repairing and repainting two panels soon, and work will be done to fix the fasteners on the other panels when the repaired panels are put back in place.
In addition, the DDA will work on upgrades to the lighting around the sculpture, she said.
The sculpture, located at Brown Trout Sculpture Park on M-37, was dedicated in May 2018. It is thought to be the largest brown trout sculpture in the world, at 25 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter.
Personalized bricks to be placed around the base of the sculpture will, once again, be available for purchase.
“This is a great way to memorialize someone and it makes a great Christmas gift,” board member Deborah Smith said.
For more information about purchasing a brick, visit facebook.com/BaldwinBrownTroutProject or call (231) 745-3587.
In other business, the DDA discussed plans to plant trees along Trailhead Park to the north and east of the Brown Trout Sculpture.
Committee member Seth Wenger said the Rotary Club of Baldwin has funds to purchase 25 trees, but they can not be planted until spring.
The trees will be indigenous to the area, as per Michigan Department of Natural Resources requirements, he said.
DDA Administrator Robert Toland suggested creating walkways and pathways among the trees and including plaques with information about the particular tree at the base of each.
“That would embellish the trail, and give visitors something else to do while they are there,” Toland said.
Baldwin Village President Jim Truxton said it might be possible to use the city’s non-motorized vehicle funds to do the walkways, and it would likely require a hard surface like concrete in order to make it handicapped accessible.
Those funds are part of monies received from the state for streets, of which a percentage must be used for “non-motorized” uses, such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and things outside the portion of the streets where motorized vehicles travel, Truxton said.
“It is relatively inexpensive to do something like that, and it would help the village out,” he said. “Bicycle lanes and sidewalks are something we’ve fallen behind on, and if we plant trees as well, that will enhance the area.”
The DDA is asking for lighting in the parking lot so snowmobilers can see when they get off the trail and for restrooms, as well, Allison said.
The DDA will continue to work with the planning committee and the village council to further the plans for upgrades to the park areas, she added.