After a five-week crowdfunding campaign, Lake Norcentra Park has raised a total of $51,201, exceeding its goal and earning a matching grant through Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places program. Read full article in Oakland Press »
$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC and MSHDA’s
Public Spaces Community Places initiative
Join the campaign today!
By joining the Lake Norcentra Park project, you’re helping enhance and preserve 60 acres of green space, wetlands, and woodlands in the heart of Rochester and Rochester Hills. You’re helping turn this long-hidden natural space into Michigan’s first “community service-learning park”–a place where the entire community is welcome to enjoy learning, living, and serving.
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Chief Financial Credit Union sponsorship brings community programming to Lake Norcentra Park
The goal of the project is to transform the area surrounding Lake Norcentra to create a community service learning park for the entire Rochester community.
Located on the north side of Rochester College’s campus where the Clinton River and Clinton River Trail intersect, the scenic area comprises 14 acres of high bluffs, historic buildings, wetlands and woodlands in the heart of Rochester Hills.
“At Chief Financial Credit Union, we’re always looking for ways to enhance our community and Lake Norcentra Park is a shining opportunity,” said Tom Dluzen, CEO of Chief Financial Credit Union. “Our goals through this sponsorship are to inspire strategic partnerships between our employees, members and communities, and to be forever remembered for the good we did, the chances we gave and lives we changed. Supporting a beautiful park in the heart of a thriving community is the perfect way to achieve that.”
Chief Financial Credit Union’s title sponsorship will play a vital role in introducing the Rochester community to Lake Norcentra Park by providing community programming throughout the year. Plans for this summer include live music and entertainment, a ‘Cheer Garden’ for trail-side concessions, as well as several service and learning opportunities.
The credit union will also announce a juried art competition this spring, which will solicit local artists to design a Rochester community mural that will be visible from the Clinton River Trail.
“We’re creating Lake Norcentra Park to be a place that brings neighbors together to enjoy what it means to be in the greater Rochester community,” said BT Irwin, consultant and project manager of the park and Rochester College alumnus. “Chief Financial’s support will make that possible. This spring and summer, we invite the entire community to stop by the park and see the exciting progress that’s being made.”
The master plan for the park includes several initiatives, including:
- pop-up concessions along the Clinton River Trail;
- bike parking and repair station;
- signage that interprets the history and nature of the site;
- demolition of existing maintenance building to make an open space for events and recreation;
- boat and fishing access along the Clinton River;
- hammocks, seating, and tables;
- a 900-square foot Rochester Community Mural;
- scenic views of Clinton River and Lake Norcentra; and
- entertainment and learning programs year-round.
To get involved or for updates on the project, follow the Lake Norcentra Park Facebook page.
Student volunteers giving the park a makeover (and making a difference). We’re going to need a lot of volunteers to get Lake Norcentra Park ready for Rochester College’s homecoming on November 12. Let us know if you can help.
Many thanks to Rochester Church of Christ Project 122 for “daylighting” the park and putting new doors on the pump houses! “Daylighting” means trimming tree limbs up to 15 feet to let in light and open up the sight lines in the park. Take a walk through the park this week: It’s getting more beautiful every day (especially with the fall colors)