McRae Park Renewal
WHAT A DIFFERENCE! These before & after photos of 2 wooden swings that were replaced, & the steel frames painted, demonstrate what a little money, bright-colored Rustoleum paint & 2 afternoons of volunteer labor can do. This was a community service project to benefit users of McRae Park & Alpena's north side neighborhood, which was completed by volunteers from our Alpena County Democratic Party. Also, an adjacent park bench was sanded & stained with protective weatherproofing, 3 child swing-set frames were painted, & a bouncy-ride received a bright blue facelift. Almost $550 was donated by Alpena County Democrats to a GoFundMe account set up for this project.
The idea for this community project arose during a discussion at one of ACDP's occasional social dinners in early 2023. This is why our gatherings are so important - they help us find ways to take positive action.
McRae Park is regularly used by summer baseball leagues, pickleball & basketball players, & families enjoying the playground equipment. McRae Park has suffered from visible neglect over the years, but it's gotten recent attention this year from our local Democrats, the Lions Club & the City. Our ACDP submitted a formal Adopt-A-Park application to the City of Alpena.
Next year we plan to help the McRae Park Association paint their Community Building (built in 1948) & hopefully incorporate a wished-for wall mural. Small improvements like this, along with repaving Second Avenue beyond Miller Street, should help attract more visitors & small business development to Alpena's north side.
Attorney General Dana Nessel
In July 2023 we made wonderful plans to enjoy a shipwreck tour around Thunder Bay on Lady Michigan with Attorney General Dana Nessel. But stormy seas made that impossible. Instead we & Dana Nessel took shelter in our local pub, The Black Sheep. Over a beer Dana spoke casually with our group of about 30 Dems & discussed some current issues on our minds: Line 5 & upcoming oral arguments in Federal Court, prison reform, literacy, the Michigan State shooting & her twins in college, gun safety reform, LBGTQ rights, & the fake electors indictment.
Michiganders are so fortunate to have Nessel as our lead prosecutor.
Line 5 Pipeline
In April 2023 the ACDP participated in a postcard campaign directed at President Biden, asking him to request the Department of Justice to send the Line 5 Federal Court case back to the State Court here in Michigan. Several thousand postcards were sent to President Biden from northeast Michigan counties.
For up-to-date information concerning the lawsuit against Enbridge, click on the website link below.