Nestlé Waters’ donation to help add well to Bromley Park

Village of Mecosta officials accept a $10,000 donation from Nestlé Waters North America for the construction of a new community well in Bromley Park. (Pioneer photos/Brandon Fountain)

MECOSTA — The small village park in Mecosta should be springing to life in the not-so-distant future.

The amenities at the village’s Bromley Park will include a new potable water well, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA). The donation, which was made Thursday morning at the village office, includes funds for drilling and the installation of a hand pump water well.

The donation came after more than a year of discussion between community organizations like Mecosta Revitalization and Arlene Anderson-Vincent, NWNA natural resource manager at Ice Mountain.

Bromley Park in Mecosta is a community gathering area for many residents, drawing people of all ages for special programs, the community garden and concerts in the summer.

“I was working with (the organizations) and one of the things identified by members and officials with the village was the need of a water well at Bromley Park,” she said.

Village officials said there used to be a well located at the park, which served as a water source for residents when electricity was down or drinking water was needed. For those utilizing the park for activities and events, village officials said it left very little choice to use buckets and cups of water from the Little Muskegon River to clean up.

“The well is needed,” said Pat Sundquist, village trustee and president pro tem. “When there are art programs and kids programs at the park, or even the community garden, there is a need of a water supply.”

NWNA also will contract with an environmental engineering firm to support the village in obtaining the necessary permits and help oversee the project.

“We are very grateful to Nestlé Waters North America for their generosity. Their financial contributions will provide a much-needed source of water for residents and visitors who utilize Bromley Park,” said Steven Bishop, president of the village of Mecosta, in a press release. “The company has been a long time supporter of the village, through water donations and event sponsorships and we greatly appreciate their continued commitment.”

Mecosta Revitalization, a local volunteer group, was instrumental in securing NWNA’s participation in the project, Anderson-Vincent said.

“We are pleased to help fund the construction of a new well at Bromley Park in the Village of Mecosta. The park is often the center of community activity, and community leaders and residents have identified a need for a clean, fresh water supply there,” said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Natural Resource Manager for Nestlé Waters North America. “The addition of the well will allow for more family gatherings, summer youth art activities and a water supply for the neighboring community garden. We hope this new source of water will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come.”

“We hope this new source of water will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come.”

The donation will allow for more to use the park, Sundquist said.

“We hope to get a new pavilion at the park, to rent out for birthday parties and other gatherings,” she said. “The village recently put more into the playground equipment and we hope it helps draws volunteers to help with the community garden.

“The donation is really a blessing to the village.”

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