Rochester Hills Launches Name That Park Contest

Residents Have the Opportunity to Be a Part of History

At 2800 West Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills has begun the initial stages of building a new and innovative park, currently known as Riverbend, that will revolutionize recreation in the city. This beautiful 119 acre undeveloped parkland has gorgeous bluffs, untouched prairie, the mighty Clinton River, and is truly a jewel in our community. The city has been working for months with planners, residents, and neighbors to deliver a design that accentuates the beauty while making the park more accessible for our residents.

This is the first time in over 25 years that a new park has been developed in the city. To celebrate, the city will host a renaming contest.

Residents asked to Name the Park

Residents asked to Name the Park

With two similar park names in neighboring communities and several river inspired park names in Southeast Michigan, it was concluded that a renaming contest would help distinguish the new park and alleviate any confusion.

“Through this contest, residents can be a part of history,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We’re excited to see the creative and cool names that come out of this process.”

To share your idea, go to Participants can also mail their entries to: Mayor’s Office 1000 Rochester Hills Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 Entries must include your suggested name and the reason you chose it. The contest is now open to the public and will continue through October.

To add to the excitement, KLM Bike & Fitness has generously donated a brand new bicycle to be given as a grand prize to the person who submits the selected name.


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  1. Ginger Ketelsen says

    My nomination is William Broomfield Park. He is a descendant of the Lemuel Taylor family which came from New York State in 1823 and established the community of Stoney Creek Village (now in Rochester Hills). William Broomfield was born in 1922 and is still living. He served in WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served Michigan in the State House and Senate from 1949 to 1956 and then the U.S. Congress from 1957 to 1993. The Wm. S. Broomfield Foundation is the arm of his philanthrophy and his personal archives will be housed at the Rochester Hills Museum at VanHoosen Farm.

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