Park Township Airport Historical Association
Dedicated to Preserving the History and Future of Park Township Airport
Flight Night Welcomes Aviation Industry Guests
The Flight Night program is an introduction to aviation for middle and high school students, presented by PTAHA volunteers. Students learn about flight aerodynamics, sit in an airplane cockpit, and then fly one of PTAHA’s two flight simulators. The Dec 10 Flight Night students also had a chance to learn about flying and working in the aviation industry from local experts. This night’s special guests included Megan Stumbo-Chief Flight Instructor Vision Air, Alex Ezinga – American Eagle First Officer, Ashly Kramer-Charter Manager Vision Air, Buster Bedrosian- Flight Instructor Vision Air, Matt Slobe- West Mi Aviation Academy Flight Instructor, and Megan’s father Bob. Students asked questions about careers in the aviation industry, guests shared their own stories, and great advice was offered about how to pursue education and training in the field of aviation. Links for more information about Flight Night or sign up for a Flight Night.
New Xplane Flight Sim
We are thankful for everyone helping to keep the Park Township Airport in operation. Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday!
October 24 Township meeting on the Airport – WHAT HAPPENED
The Oct 24 meeting was supposed to be a Board discussion of the Airpark plan. The meeting quickly changed when Board member Jan Steggerda made a motion to put a .1 mil property tax millage on the March 10, 2020 primary ballot to support operation of the airport for 10 years. This could likely be less than $25 per year per property on average. We believe Jan’s intent was to try to secure ongoing funding for the Airport for ten years. The Board voted 7-0 to write a millage proposal. It will ask residents to decide if the historic airport and all of the events and activities there are worth supporting. A favorable vote for the airport would provide funds for improved appearance, safety, historic restoration, and more access for community events and activities at the airport.
If the vote on March 10 to support the airport fails, the Township Board said they will close the runways and not allow aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport. This essentially closes the airport. Skip Keeter and Jan Steggerda were the only two board members that did not vote to close the runways.
If you are a Park Township resident and enjoy the activities at the airport, IT IS IMPERATIVE for you to SUPPORT THE AIRPORT with your vote on March 10, 2020. If you are going to be out of town, PLEASE get an absentee ballot and send it in.
Please forward this message, re-post, or forward a link to every Park Twp resident you know who will help support the airport. This same message is also on the PTAHA facebook page..
If the vote fails, the airport closes. The history, educational opportunities, and future potential of the airport are all destroyed. Tell everyone you know. VOTE to SAVE the Airport!
Please SUPPORT the Airport and AirPark by attending the Township Board meeting on the AIRPARK plan this Thursday Oct 24 at 6:30 pm at the Park Township Office on 152nd Ave.
Beware the latest misinformation from the airport opponents in Waukazoo Woods and Bay Meadows. They are a very small minority of Township residents. The MAJORITY of residents that participated in the Township’s scientific blind survey FAVORED the continued operation of the Airport and pursuit of the AirPark vision. If you can not attend the meeting PLEASE EMAIL the Township Board at email@example.com and tell them why you support the Airport, all of the activities and events that take place, and the Airpark vision… Thank you for supporting the Airport!
click on this link to see 2019 activities and events at the Airport. 2019 Airport events and activities
Last Night Sept 30, at 6:30 PM at the Harderwyk Church, the Park Township Board of Trustees voted to CONTINUE AVIATION ACTIVITIES AT THE AIRPORT. This is good news for the hundreds of township residents and visitors that enjoy, use, and support the airport. The Board also voted to pursue General Utility status, which will make the airport safer and enable the Township to apply for financial grants for runway maintenance. THANK YOU to everyone that spoke up in support of the airport.. Please continue to email the Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Township 616-399-4520 and voice your support for the Airport and the AirPark plan.
Next Township meeting is Oct 24 when the Board will discuss and vote on the AirPark Vision plan.
On September 30 at 6:30 pm at the HARDERWYK CHURCH, 1627 Lakewood Blvd.in Holland, the township Board of Trustees will decide the fate of the AirPark plan and ultimately the Airport itself. The Board meeting will include discussion about the AirPark and Airport and will likely end with voting to proceed or desist.
In last month’s meeting two Board members stated publicly that they want to close the airport and will not support the AirPark plan. Their position completely ignores a favorable phone and internet survey about the AirPark plan, with 300 residents participating. The survey was ordered by the Township…
This next 30 days may be your last chance to send a message of support to the Board of Trustees. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE AIRPORT CLOSED AND THE AIRPARK PLAN ABANDONED, PLEASE send an email of support to email@example.com or call 616-399-4520 and leave a message. PLEASE DO IT NOW….
This is your airport and you told the Township you want it to stay in operation. PLEASE tell them again NOW.
TODAY IS NATIONAL AVIATION DAY!
As you may know the results of the Township survey about the Airport/AirPark Vision plan showed a MAJORITY of residents surveyed had a FAVORABLE reaction to the Vision concept plan. NOW IS THE TIME for you to voice your support for the Airport and the AirPark Vision concept. Please call the Township office at 616-399-4520 or email the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you support the airport and the AirPark Vision concept.
Thank you for helping to preserve the history and future of the Park Township Airport!
Airpark Vision Plan
This is the overall AirPark plan. All of the features are listed on the sidebar, use your magnifying glass! Please learn about and support the AirPark plan! The N.W. corner is combined with the Cooper VanWieren property to form hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Friends of the Park Township Airport Historical Association hope to see the location revitalized with exciting new opportunities and facilities for all residents of the area.
Close Up of AirPark S.E. Park Area
This is a close-up view of the S.E. park area including, splash pad, viewing area, student observatory, Chief Waukazoo memorial, pond, soccer field, pilot memorials, jet memorial, playground, drone racing course, prairie restoration trail, restrooms, multipurpose community building. Learn more about the plan and support it!
Boeing 80A at Park Township in 1937
Local Students Fly the Redbird Flight Simulator
The Community Hangar with Pilot Memorial
The Historic Hangar Today – Hoping for Restoration
Civil Air Patrol Squadron MI-135 Stationed at Park Twp Airport