The City of Dexter grew by 22 acres last Tuesday at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Scio Township Board of Trustees.
A motion was passed to accept the request by the City of Dexter to the township for the annexation of a parcel of land on the west side of Mill Creek just across from Mill Creek Park.
Mill Creek Park is the area of the former Mill Pond Dam. Under a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant along with a Waterways Infrastructure Grant in 2009, the City of Dexter developed the park within the city limits along the eastern bank of Mill Creek for non-motorized boat launches, a trail network, fishing docks and other natural features. Grand opening for the park was held in August 2012.
Along with its own natural features and amenities, Mill Creek Park is connected to the Border to Border Trail and has become a popular starting point for walkers, bikers and joggers for the several miles out to Hudson Mills Metro Park.
The City of Dexter requested Scio Township’s approval to release the 22 acres for annexation with the intention of expanding Mill Creek Park which provides an interconnected open space system that preserves significant natural features including floodplains, woodlands, tree rows, and wetland areas as well as providing recreational opportunities for residents.