Novi Parks acquires land for future trailhead park expansion
Release date: Monday, January 14, 2019
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431
ITC Trailhead Park expansion located on Nine Mile Road, west of Garfield Road
Novi, Mich., Jan. 14, 2019 – The City of Novi, with the help of a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has finalized the acquisition of the ITC Trailhead Park expansion property located on the south side of Nine Mile Road, west of Garfield Road.
The City was recently awarded a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNTRF) grant in the amount of $359,250, or 75 percent of the land value. The grant required a match from the City that was met by a contribution of $119,750. The City closed on the property Jan. 4. This new 20.31-acre park could include educational signage and a trail system connecting the Park Place subdivision to both the existing ITC Corridor Trail and the 12.57-acre future ITC Trailhead Park property to the east which was acquired in January 2018.
“We are proud to announce the preservation of an additional 20 acres of woodlands in Novi that will be dedicated as parkland. The ITC Trail is a great amenity for the City of Novi that enhances our citizen’s quality of life. With the trail scheduled to be completed in 2019, this future park could greatly enhance trail user’s access and enjoyment of the trail,” said Jeffrey Muck, Novi’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. “Thanks to the ongoing commitment of Mayor Bob Gatt and City Council, we continue to acquire, develop and enhance our parks to provide a wide variety of recreation opportunities for future generations of Novi citizens.”
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund was established in 1976 to provide a source of funding for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and public outdoor rights. The funding is obtained through royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights.
For more information on Novi’s parks, visit cityofnovi.org.