EcoTrack 11: Bedford park with wind turbine

Once the 12-foot-long blades are put on, the turbine is ready to be lifted into place. It will be towering over the park which is expected to be finished sometime this month.
Once the 12-foot-long blades are put on, the turbine is ready to be lifted into place. It will be towering over the park which is expected to be finished sometime this month.
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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP (WTOL) - One Michigan Township is patching a problem spot with what it's calling a pocket park. Not only will there be more green space but also green energy.

The corner of Secor and Sterns in Bedford Township, Michigan is getting a little face lift. "It was actually an eye sore. It was a catch for a lot of debris," says Bedford Township Supervisor Walt Wilburn.

What was a retention pond has now been transformed into a pocket park. There's still water, but it's lined with stone and sits underneath a bridge.

The downtown development authority funded the project. It wanted to make the area a little easier on the eyes. "It's a place where people can come. There will be a gazebo and benches, so people can get an ice cream or come and read a book," says Wilburn.

If you need a little light just look up. Workers are tightening up bolts on a 45 foot wind turbine that will power the lights around the park.

With an average wind speed of just 12 miles per hour per month these blades will generate 400 kilowatt hours of power. If this small park doesn't use it all, it'll go back to the grid.

Transtar Electrician Tom Denniston tells us, "I think it's a great example of what we can do and what's available out there. We'll be able to monitor the system and see what it's producing."

Once the 12-foot-long blades are put on, the turbine is ready to be lifted into place. It will be towering over the park which is expected to be finished sometime this month.