Officials consider 5 designs for park on Whitmore Lake

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – Officers in Northfield Township hope to change a new park on Whitmore Lake into a vacation spot for people and guests from throughout Washtenaw County.

There are five possibilities on how they will move forward with the undeveloped land.

The structure studies ended up organized by The Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio, an Ann Arbor-centered landscape architecture organization, for the Northfield Township Community Park. Officers intend to choose motion in the new yr.

All of the opportunity designs phone for the development of a devoted access stage to the lake with a possible kayak launch and in some of the patterns a general public seashore. Parking and regions for a pavilion, amphitheater and restrooms are also specified on diverse ideas officials have mentioned this thirty day period.

Many others consist of a “village green” or “terraced lawn” with sights out in excess of the lake.

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Some of the layouts connect with for an place reserved for industrial advancement at the park, situated in the North Village location north of the publish workplace on Major Avenue in Whitmore Lake.

At a assembly on Dec. 16, Township Supervisor Ken Dignan confident inhabitants that officials have some regulate around the variety of corporations there through zoning and could likely lease land to a developer fairly than promoting it.

“It’s not permitting the commercial land unfastened to a developer,” he claimed.

Funding for the development of the park bought a strengthen in early December, when a state board introduced the township was a single of four Washtenaw County recipients of $300,000 grants for outside recreation initiatives. That funds is intended for pathways and parking at the park, according to the township.

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Township officers claimed they had been pursing even further grants and that is aspect of the enthusiasm to settle on a layout principle quickly.

The Northfield Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet up with on Jan. 4 to endorse a ultimate prepare or strategies to the township board, which will then contemplate the types on Jan. 20, in accordance to township meeting agendas.

The structure option supplies a “framework” for officials, Dignan mentioned at the Dec. 16 meeting, designating which capabilities should really be constructed but not accurately where by they will be put.

Officers also hope to establish trail connections among North Village and the Whitmore Lake North Carpool Ton, as properly as a route connecting Barker Highway and the Jennings Athletic Elaborate and Park.

People continue to have a probability to weigh in on the ideas. Up right until Jan. 11, feedback can be submitted on a comment sheet to the township board at [email protected]

The January township meetings where the options will be talked over will be held at the township places of work at 8350 Major Street in Whitmore Lake and livestreamed on the internet.

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