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Marshbank Park, a 101-acre waterfront park located on Cass Lake in West Bloomfield Township, includes wetlands, wooded wetlands, wooded uplands and open fields of rolling topography. The existing park provided no access to the lake and was used primarily for walking trails, picnicking, informal play fields, and playground activities. Beckett & Raeder was retained to provide an overall master plan for the park, and subsequent to the approval of the master plan, design development through construction administration for all proposed site improvements. The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission was the recipient of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.


Public input was gathered through a number of public meetings, including a public meeting held by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality prior to approval of the permit. Park improvements include a waterfront boardwalk; a floating, accessible fishing pier; canoe/kayak launch with transfer device; multi-use trails; a universal designed playground with safety surfacing; a group picnic shelter; a shade shelter at the playground; a seasonal toilet building with screened-in-porch overlooking the waterfront; a group activity building; a maintenance facility; renovated ball fields and sledding hill; and all associated parking, roads, and utilities. Access to all facilities was provided. Green design practices were incorporated into the project including bioswales, pervious paving, roof water harvesting, geothermal heat, and native plantings. Gary Cooper of Cooper Design, Inc. was the architect on the project.

Marshbank Park
West Bloomfield, Michigan

2016 Landscape Architectural Sustainability Honor Award

Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

2013 Great Lakes Park, Facility, & Recreation Program Award
Great Lakes Park Trailing Institute
2012 Oak Land Award
Oakland County
2011 Landscape Design Award
Michigan Recreation & Park Association
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