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Lakeshore Park

2019 Park Availability

Novi City Council gave unanimous approval to enter into final design and bid of the construction contract for Lakeshore Park renovations, including an approximately 6,200-square-foot community building, to be located on or in close proximity to the location of the existing building. A construction timeline has not yet been established, however, in anticipation of work taking place this summer, shelter rentals at Lakeshore Park will be unavailable in 2019.
 
Additionally, a shoreline restoration and beach improvement project is being scheduled for Lakeshore Park. Due to the park and shoreline renovations, the Lakeshore Beach will be closed for summer 2019. We are anticipating being able to provide access to the Lakeshore Park trails throughout the renovations. Once we have more detail regarding the construction schedule and amenity availability, it will be shared on our website and via social media.  Click here for information about the project.

Alternative shelter options within the City of Novi include:

  • ITC Community Sports Park (Eight Mile/Napier Roads)
  • Rotary Park (Nine Mile/Novi Roads)
  • Wildlife Woods Park (11 Mile/Wixom Roads)

All above shelters can accommodate a maximum of 80 people, per fire code. Additional details, pricing, our policies and a link for online shelter reservations (starting 8 a.m. 1/8/19) can all be found at cityofnovi.org/rentals.  If you have any questions, please email us.

Address

601 S. Lake Drive Novi, MI 48375

Novi’s Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services Department oversees rentals of most city spaces, including the Civic Center, Fuerst Park, Township Hall and a variety of shelters and fields throughout the community.  If you are interested in renting a space, please complete the appropriate forms or submit an availability request.

Hours

8:00am - dusk

Amenities

Nature Trails Restrooms

Description

The largest of the City’s parks, Lakeshore Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities and plays host to many community events. Active recreation opportunities include a swimming beach (on Walled Lake, the largest lake in the City) in the summer months, well maintained mountain bike and walking trails, and two play structures. The park is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Three picnic shelters are available for community use at the park. Pavilion Shore Park is only a short walk (0.2 miles) from the Lakeshore Park entrance and provides additional amenities to enjoy, such as lake front seating, pathways, fishing and open space.

Other Information

  • As of Sept. 2017, there is no entry fee for non-residents.
  • There is no boat launch at the park/beach.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but they are allowed in the rest of the park as long as they're on 6-feet leashes.
  • The ski and bike trails are accessible from the north end of the park, but the southern two shelters and trail entrance area is closed to vehicles during the “off season” November-April.

Mountain Bike Trail

Lakeshore Park Trail Map
Lakeshore Park
Trail Map

Lakeshore Park's mountain bike trail is approximately 10 miles long and covers a variety of terrain for both the intermediate and experienced rider.  In addition to the more challenging mountain bike trail, Lakeshore Park also contains an extensive network of wider trails suited to walking, family biking, and cross-country skiing.  The trail head and information kiosk is located at the south end of Lakeshore Park (601 South Lake Drive).  Note that motorized vehicles are not permitted anywhere on park property. The trail is maintained through a partnership with the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. Click here for Information regarding MCMBA or via their Facebook Page.

Lakeshore's Mountain Bike Trail (4:38 YouTube video)

In August 2016, local Eagle Scouts installed four benches along the mountain bike trails and sapling loop at Lakeshore Park, allowing tired riders to rest and take a break along their journeys.

Lakeshore Bench

Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail

Just north of the main trail entrance, members of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association constructed a Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail in fall 2015. The track is the first of its kind in Michigan and serves children ages 2 and older by providing a safe place to play, ride and develop biking skills.

Kids Bike Trail at Lakeshore Park  Kids Riding on Bike Trail at Lakeshore Park  Kids Bike Trail Lakeshore Park

The Michigan Recreation and Park Association presented a Park Design Award to Novi in February 2016 for the kids track during their annual conference in Traverse City.

Kids Bike Trail Award Acceptance

History

March 20, 2019

The City of Novi, after Visioning Sessions and feedback from our residents and with the blessing of City Council, is moving forward with plans to upgrade Lakeshore Park. The 6,200-square-foot building was designed for Novi Parks & Novi Public Library programming. It is to be located on the approximate site as the existing building and plans call for an enhanced parking lot, new park shelter and playground. After meeting with Library kiosk vendors, it was best determined to relocate this amenity adjacent to the parking lot, not attached to the building, for ease of access and use. The next step in the process is Planning Commission approval and then returning to City Council after the bid proposals are in to award a construction contract. Once construction begins, Lakeshore Park will be closed for the remainder of the year. Thank you to all of our residents for their input and continued support of our Novi.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Lakeshore Park Building Interior Lakeshore Park Building Lakeshore Park Site

Lakeshore Park Design - October 8, 2018October 8, 2018

Novi City Council gave unanimous approval to enter into final design and bid of the construction contract for Lakeshore Park renovations, including an approximately 6,200-square-foot community building, to be located on or in close proximity to the location of the existing building. This is the first step in the process to ready the project for bids and a timeline has yet to be established. No decision has been made on whether or not the park will be closed during construction or the work will be completed in stages. The City is extremely appreciative of all the feedback received and looks forward to an upgraded Lakeshore Park that will best serve all Novi residents.

June 18, 2018

At the Novi City Council meeting on June 18, 2018, City Council unanimously agreed to postpone a decision regarding the Lakeshore Park Community Building. Council asked City administration for more financial information regarding the building options, alternative building locations within the park, information and costs for adding a second entrance away from South Lake Drive, and research placement of a second building that would accommodate other uses at alternative locations outside of Lakeshore Park. The ultimate goal for City Council is to create a high-quality park that benefits all residents in Novi. The City will continue to utilize cityofnovi.org, e-newsletters and social media to keep residents informed of all updates on the project.

June 11, 2018

In addition to the information on the images regarding the project, the following were asked and addressed at the meeting on June 11, 2018: 

  • Where are the external restrooms?
    Three external restrooms will be accessed from the north side of the facility in close proximity to the beach access.
  • Will bike racks be included?
    Bike racks are planned to the west of the building near the patio.
  • Does the building include a kitchen?
    The main room will be configured to include a refrigerator and sink.  There will be no ovens for food prep.
  • The parking lot is sized for park usage and is not based on 6200 vs 9200 sq. ft. building.
  • The playground will be for children of all ages.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Lakeshore Park Current Site and Building Lakeshore Park - Proposed Site Plan Options Lakeshore Park - Sustainability Lakeshore Park - Elevations

Information on all projects scheduled in the City’s Capital Improvement Program can be found here. Please feel free to email questions regarding Lakeshore Park and/or other park projects or call 248-347-0400.

Lakeshore Park Project Update - Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6-7pm

December 2, 2017

In early December, a meeting was held to hear attendee’s vision for proposed improvements to Lakeshore Park and determine how we can work together to upgrade park amenities to best serve ALL Novi residents. Feedback received at the meeting and throughout the review process was used to make modifications to a pair of proposals which were shared at an Update Meeting on Monday, June 11.

October 9, 2017

At the Novi City Council meeting on October 9, 2017, City Council unanimously agreed to table the resolution regarding the Lakeshore Park Community Building and revisit the scope of the project, including building and parking lot size. The ultimate goal for City Council is to create a high-quality park that benefits all residents in Novi. The City will continue to utilize cityofnovi.org, e-newsletters and social media to keep residents informed of all updates on the project.

September 2017 Site Plan Rendering
May 2017 Conceptual Plan
Novi Today Article:  Novi's Jewel to Shine Even Brighter

August 2, 2016

An independent 2014 PRCS Capital Needs Assessment identified Lakeshore Park as a priority, including improvements to the parking lot, construction of a new building designed to accommodate all program requirements, as well as the North Shelter and North Playground replacement. A conceptual plan was presented as part of the needs assessment. In August 2016, City of Novi voters approved a Capital Improvement Millage, which included Lakeshore Park re-development as one of the featured projects.

A new building and park plan was developed based on citizen, PRCS Commission and City Council feedback; and working in conjunction with PRCS and facilities staff, architects, city planners, landscape architect, and public safety personnel. The new building is intended for parks and recreation programs, children’s camps, senior citizen programs, a library presence and to serve as a voting location for two precincts. The parking lot will be paved, the large shelter and front playground will be replaced and the volleyball courts will be moved to the active area of the park, near the soccer field. The overall plan will provide safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists using the park and make the park more accessible for those with disabilities.