Dexter is set to receive recognition for it’s work beautifying Mill Creek Park.
Keep Michigan Beautiful awards programs around the state that contribute to the beautification, preservation, environmental improvement and restoration of natural places. This year Dexter was chosen to receive the President’s Plaque, which is the group’s highest honor.
Mill Creek Park was developed in 2011 from a wooded, inaccessible area to a vital part of the Border-to-Border Trail. The creek’s dam was removed and the two acres adjacent were transformed into a pedestrian path and bridge.
According to Dexter City Manager Courtney Nichols, the park’s improvements made were multi-faceted.
“It was all hidden by trees,” she said. “The water wasn’t accessible or visible. Getting rid of dams is good for the environment.”
With the dam drained, the land was transformed back into it’s natural wetlands habitat. Native species of fish, birds and mammals are now able to inhabit the area.
“It combines beautification and restoration with enhancing the environmental quality of the area,” Nichols said.
The park also became a link in the Border-to-Border trail, which Nichols says has a positive economic impact for the area.
“People come here to walk around,” she said. “It links communities.”
The five miles of trails run along the Huron River connecting downtown Dexter with Hudson Mills Park, part of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system.
Keep Michigan Beautiful was created in 1962 as a governor-appointed anti-litter committee and has grown to an outreach group. They will be tipping their hat to Dexter on Oct. 16 at their annual award program.