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Oakland Township

Lost Lake Park wins award

September 25, 2013

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A new dock on Lost Lake in Oakland Township has an innovative design that accommodates wheelchair users who wish to kayak and canoe.

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials dedicated to the ideals of preservation, education and inclusion for all will receive a Michigan Plaque award from the Keep Michigan Beautiful organization.

Recent Lost Lake Nature Park improvements inspired Dinosaur Hill Executive Director Sue Neal to nominate the park to Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc., which recognizes programs and activities that substantially contribute to environmental improvement, cleanup, beautification, site restoration and historical preservation.

A new park dock on Lost Lake with an innovative design accommodates wheelchair users who wish to kayak.

“My mom is a wheelchair user who also loves to kayak,” Neal said. “So this hit close to home.”

Neal said township park planners “went out of their way to preserve a beautiful piece of property with unique habitats in it.” A new nature center at the park provides education for all ages, including school groups, and a renovated and safer sled hill is ready for winter activities.

The new Lost Lake Park Nature Center’s grand opening is planned for 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the park, which is located south of Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road. The opening includes a guided kayak wetland tour and a hiking tour of the park’s oak-pine barrens. The free event includes a T-shirt stencil session.

“I would like to congratulate all the commissioners, staff and consultants who have worked to make the acquisition, development and programming at Lost Lake so successful,” said Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Manager Becky McLogan in a statement.

The Michigan Plaque award will be presented to park officials Oct. 18 in Ann Arbor. Keep Michigan Beautiful recognizes cities, counties, community and youth groups, businesses, and individuals. Awards include the President’s Plaque, the Michigan Plaque, the Distinguished Service Plaque and the Award of Merit.

Keep Michigan Beautiful member Carol Romano said the organization recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is supported by donor-memberships, contributions and fund raising campaigns. The organization also enjoys the support of state agencies that have an interest in controlling problems created by litter.

“We have quite a few winners this year: 26 in all,” Romano said.

In addition to Lost Lake Park officials, this year’s award recipients include the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, the communities of Battle Creek and Harrison Township, the Yule Love it Lavender Farm in Lakeville, Grand Valley State University and Crystal Mountain Resort.

“There are so many volunteers who are passionate about beautifying Michigan,” Romano said.

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