Northfield Community Park

     A Township owned lakefront property has been a discussion topic for many years.  When a large property on the lake came up for sale under market value, the Township Board of Trustees decided to purchase the 23 acres, which are located next to the Post Office in Whitmore Lake.  This area has great potential and will allow the Downtown Planning Group and DDA a lot more flexibility in their planning.

   On October 23, 2016, The Downtown Planning Group organized a Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the purchase of this property, and to get public feedback about what they would like to see done with this area.  It was a huge success, complete with music from the Whitmore Lake High School Marching Band, and Trunk-or Treating for the kids!  (Pictures below)

   In September 2021, Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio was contracted to head up designing and planning the Northfield Community Park. The Northfield Township Parks and Recreation Board held a Special Meeting on January 6, 2022 to review the comprehensive park plan and regional trail connections provided. The Parks & Recreation Board and Board of Trustees received feedback from the community and heard many comments from residents concerning the design plan.  After some discussion, the Parks & Recreation Board voted unanimously to recommend the revised plan to the Board of Trustees for final approval. 

   Johnson Hill presented the Community Park design plan to the Board of Trustees on January 25, 2022. Some proposed features of the future park include a pier and a small public beach, path connections to a Main Street crosswalk, bike racks, restrooms, a pavilion, three potential open turf areas for a playground, passive recreation and picnicking areas, and overflow parking / space for a farmer’s market. The Board voted 6-0 approving the park design/layout with a couple of amendments - to move the parking lot as far south toward the Post Office as possible and to move the commercial parcel from the south side of the park area over to the north side along Al Dente Pasta’s property line.  Approval of the park design plan allows Johnson Hill and the Parks & Recreation Board to move forward with securing grants and other funding, and begin construction planning for the park, which will be completed in phases.

The Parks & Recreation Board met again on January 27, 2022 to discuss next steps, and review rough cost estimates for construction of the park and regional trail connections.  


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