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The new Fuerst Park opens in Novi
A park dedicated to all community members as a public place to be enjoyed, to gather, to celebrate and to share the spirit of Novi


Years of planning and preparation paid off Friday evening, as the City of Novi celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Fuerst Park. Although rain showers dampened the planned movie event following the ceremony, everything else went without a hitch.

Construction began in May on the park, which sits on 8 acres of land at the corner of Ten Mile and Taft Roads, adjacent to the new Novi Public Library site, as was recently completed.

Walkways highlighting the natural topography and attractive plantings encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for all, and a new family-friendly performance center includes a 150-seat amphitheater, complete with terraced seating, stage lighting and more.

The relocated Township Hall is the backdrop for the amphitheater, and has been enhanced with air-conditioning and convenient restrooms, making the building and park more amenable for community usage.

Mayor Pro-tem Bob Gatt notes of the grand opening, "It's a first class job! I am proud to be part of the group that supported this endeavor from the beginning, and I am certain that the Fuerst sisters would be pleased with what we have done."

Novi City Council Member Dave Staudt notes, "The opening of Fuerst Park was a huge success. Miss Michigan, a Novi grad, attended and was very poised, gracious and beautiful. Fun was had by all, except when rain  cancelled the movie. Many years of great activities ahead. I am proud of those Council members who supported the creation of the park."

Here are photographs of the new park. Click on any photo for a larger view...