Macomb Township retained the team of Beckett & Raeder, Inc. and Cooper Design, Inc. to develop a Master Plan for a park on the north side of 21 Mile Road east of Romeo Plank Road. The challenge was to find an environmental balance between recreation activities and preservation of the wooded wetland and riparian edges which comprise 80% of the site. Active facilities are located only in the portions of the site above the 100-year floodplain and include an ADA accessible children's play structure with state-of-the-art solid surfacing, basketball courts, volleyball courts, an ADA accessible picnic pavilion, and restroom building.
On the more sensitive portions of the site, extensive pathways meander through the site's natural woodland setting. The path crosses over wetlands and the Middle Branch of the Clinton River via pedestrian bridges and boardwalks. For local school and scouting groups, overlooks with pavilions provide sheltered areas for small group interpretive sessions, as well as resting points along the trail. The path system is planned to provide future connection to the regional bike trail and is fully accessible.
To buffer the busy adjacent roadway the frontage of the park features low limestone screen walls, custom designed fencing, signage and landscaping that diffuse roadway noise, protect users and add color to the parks entryway. The park also provides a 55-car parking lot with barrier free parking. The park is barrier free and is used extensively by the residents of Macomb Township throughout the year.
Macomb Township, Michigan
2003 Merit Award for Landscape Design
Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
2003 Landscape Design Award
Michigan Recreation & Parks Asssociation