Press Release - Sen. Shink & Rep. Conlin Secure Funding for Community Park

Northfield Township, MI                                           For Immediate Release: July 8, 2024


Northfield Township

Mark Lloyd, Township Manager

8350 Main St.

Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

(734) 449-2880 ext. 122



Sen. Shink and Rep. Conlin Secure $2 Million in Funding for Northfield Community Park Waterfront Improvements


Senator Sue Shink and Representative Jennifer Conlin have been successful in their effort to secure a $2,000,000.00 appropriation on behalf of Northfield Township for the design and development of enhanced waterfront improvements on the western shore of Whitmore Lake at the Northfield Community Park on Main Street. The new waterfront amenities will include a boardwalk and fishing pier, sidewalk, kayak launch and ice fishing access, shoreline restoration including native aquatic plantings and a crosswalk to access parking and other recreational facilities at the Northfield Community Park located directly across Main Street.

Development of the waterfront amenities was envisioned by the residents as part of a comprehensive park planning effort completed in 2021 for the 26-acre Community Park. The planning effort envisioned playground equipment, trails, an amphitheater, public buildings, water and electric service and more. Over the past two years, nearly $1,000,000.00 has been spent on trails, landscaping and play equipment. Less than 5% of the cost has come from the Township’s general fund as grant funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation along with matching funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) have covered these costs.

Development of this beautiful shoreline area on one of the region’s most popular and beautiful lakes, Whitmore Lake, is another step forward for Northfield Township as the citizens, along with local and state leaders continue working together to find ways to enhance outdoor recreation activities and overall quality of life.

Thank you, Senator Shink and Representative Conlin, for your support and thank you to the residents and business owners of Northfield for your vision.



Lakefront Concept