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Park Development

Rochester University hosted a two-day design charrette in 2014 to generate a conceptual plan for Lake Norcentra Park. Representatives of several community organizations participated in the event, which resulted in the development of a master plan for the park. Since 2014, many of those plans have been fulfilled and significant features have been added to the park. Additional improvements will occur in future years as volunteers and funding become available.

 

2020 Accomplishments

  • Clearing of undergrowth along Clinton River Trail

2019 Accomplishments

  • Removal of maintenance shop
  • Park spring clean-up (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Renovation of original gymnasium
  • Construction of Slater-Montgomery Family Chapel on maintenance shop site
  • Addition of chairs and tables to Gallaher Patio

2018 Accomplishments

  • Dredging of area between Lake Norcentra and pond
  • Installation of two gazebos
  • Completion of deck overlooking Lake Norcentra
  • Park spring clean-up (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Lakefront and mural site clean-up (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Reconstruction of Gallaher patio overlooking Lake Norcentra

2017 Accomplishments

  • Completion of Rochester Community Mural painting process (community volunteers)
  • Blocking of gym windows in preparation for Rochester Community Mural installation (masons provided by Wolverine Construction)
  • Bicycle rack and bicycle repair station installation at picnic area entrance (funded by Brooksie Way mini-grant)
  • Park spring clean-up and landscaping (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of park benches, picnic tables, and bridge (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of picnic tables and mural site clean-up (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Installation of new LED lighting throughout park (Shoreview Electric)
  • Installation of fountains and aerators in Lake Norcentra (JC Living Waters)
  • Removal of fallen trees from Lake Norcentra’s south bluff (Gresham Seasonal Services)
  • Installation of Rochester Community Mural (sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union)
  • Lakefront and mural site final clean-up (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Painting of maintenance shop (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Warrior Center and Gallaher stairway landscaping (Kent Piatt)
  • Wayfinding and historical signage (Display mix)
  • Foundation for deck overlooking Lake Norcentra (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)

2016 Accomplishments

  • Park spring clean-up and landscaping (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of Warrior Center for picnic area (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Removal of 35 dead and dying trees (Gresham Seasonal Services)
  • Picnic area landscaping (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Pathways to Clinton River Trail (Wolverine Construction volunteers and City of Rochester Hills)
  • Entrance signs from Clinton River Trail (City of Rochester Hills)
  • Contest for mural on Clinton River Trail (sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union)
  • Picnic area landscaping and mural site preparations (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Defined picnic area food trucks and Yates Cider booth
  • Patronicity campaign to fund park improvements
  • Rochester Community Mural painting launch (community volunteers)

2015 Accomplishments

  • Park design element refinement (Team-4-Community)
  • Overgrowth clearing for picnic area and other park clean-up projects (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Stairway repairs and painting projects (student volunteers)
  • Pump house door construction and tree trimming (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Benches and picnic tables (Home Depot and Good Karma Club volunteers)
  • Riverfront Clean-up (Clinton River Watershed Council volunteers)
  • Light pole banners