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Friends of Jean Klock Park

Dedicated to saving 90-year-old Jean Klock Park, a public park on Lake Michigan in the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan, from being converted into a privately-owned golf course.
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PO Box 8988
Benton Harbor , MI 49023
Contact Person: Carol Drake
Phone: (269) 925-4880
E-Mail: info@savejeanklockpark.org
Website: http://www.savejeanklockpark.org

Detailed Information:
Please join residents and advocates for Jean Klock Park in this uphill battle to protect it from destruction as a public park. The plan to convert the park into a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course goes against the purpose of this beautiful park, which is to be forever a public park for future generations and dedicated to the CHILDREN of Benton Harbor.

Unfortunately the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, has teamed up with Whirlpool Corporation and numerous developers who seek to take this land from the public and use it for uses it was never intended for.

A lawsuit in 2003 to save the park from a 28-luxury home development in the park resulted in a Consent Judgment ordered by the Berrien County Court to protect the remainder of this 73-acre park from any further development.
Going against this promise, the city moved forward with the plan to use the park for a golf course.

Jean Klock Park is also protected by the Land and Water Conservation Act, a federal law that protects parkland from conversions. This highly unusual conversion is profoundly wrong and does not provide the public with new parkland--while taking away Lake Michigan views and Great Lakes dunes from the public, handing it over to a private entity.

Hundreds of parks across the U.S. are protected with LWCF funds, in cities and towns everywhere.
The decision to be made on Jean Klock Park may affect many other parks and their fates.

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