In August, Delhi Township, along with the Delhi Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources unveiled Esker Landing Park, which features a new kayak and canoe launch and dock for fishing.
“We are thrilled to unveil Esker Landing Park, the eighth addition to the township’s popular parks system, for residents to enjoy,” said Howard
Haas, executive director of the Delhi DDA.
“The DDA is proud to be a long-time partner with the township. Esker Landing Park is another example of how we work together on projects that improve our community and bring residents together.”
Esker Landing Park is proof of what can happen when public and private industry are on the same page and working toward a common goal. The 15-acre park was made possible by a land swap between the DDA and DTN Management that provided access to Cedar Lake for the canoe and kayak launch and fishing dock to be built.
“Esker Landing Park is a shining example of our commitment to providing high-quality amenities and parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy,” said Mark Jenks, Delhi Township Parks & Recreation director. “For years, our residents have requested local access to a kayak and canoe launch, so we are very excited to make that a reality.”
Development of Esker Landing Park was funded by a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a $180,000 contribution from the Parks Fund made possible by the township’s recently passed parks, trails and recreation millage. The Delhi Township DDA provided the remaining funding for the $1.18 million project.
“It was an exciting summer in Delhi Township,” said Tracy
Miller, Delhi Township manager. “In addition to unveiling Esker Landing Park, we also celebrated the start of Phase 1 of the long-discussed Holt 2 Mason Trail. The future is bright in Delhi Township as our already thriving parks system continues to grow, providing new and exciting recreational opportunities for our community.”
Delhi Township received a $1 million grant from the Ingham County Parks and Trails Millage to help fund the Holt 2 Mason Trail. The project is expected to cost $4,003,623 and will be completed in two phases.
Funding from the Ingham County millage grant will be used to complete Phase 1 of the project.The Delhi Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Aug. 20, voted to execute a $358,860 agreement from Hubble, Roth & Clark for design and construction engineering and oversight.