The village of Dexter has a new face on the waterfront after the official opening of Mill Creek Park during the Dexter Daze festival last weekend.
The $1.24 million, 2.15-acre downtown park has an amphitheater, a pair of boat launches, observation and fishing decks, plazas, and a quarter-mile pathway bridging Mill Creek around the park's perimeter. Workers are completing the stairway from the park to the library and farmers market and installing more railing on the boardwalk.
"I think that the benefit to the community with respect to creating a destination in our downtown is going to have a huge economic impact, both with residential development and people visiting our community," says Allison Bishop, Dexter's community development director.
Included in the village's master plan is Mill Creek Park Phase 2, a trail segment connecting the park south to Shield Road, but the need for more grant funding and collaboration with local schools will probably push that project out for another five years, Bishop says.
Source: Allison Bishop, community development director, village of Dexter
Writer: Tanya Muzumdar