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Finding a new use for Saginaw's old fairgrounds

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
The old gate would still stand under plans to find new uses for the old Saginaw County Fairgrounds

Michigan State University professors and neighborhood volunteers have come up with a design for a major overhaul of the old Saginaw County fairgrounds. 

The 54-acre site on Saginaw’s south side have sat decaying for more than a decade.

Warren Rauhe is with the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction. He says it may not look like it, but the fairgrounds site is a “gem.”

“Well, right now it’s pretty unsightly. The site is overgrown, and what have you,” Rauhe said before a meeting with local residents earlier this week, “What we’re trying to do is produce a plan that’s very sustainable. Not a lot of maintenance. A lot of facilities that people would like and use.”

City officials still have to come up with the money to make the plan for a new multi-use community park a reality.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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