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Lakeshore Park

2019 Park Availability

Novi City Council gave unanimous approval to enter into final design and bid of the construction contract for Lakeshore Park renovations, including an approximately 6,200-square-foot community building, to be located on or in close proximity to the location of the existing building. A construction timeline has not yet been established, however, in anticipation of work taking place this summer, shelter rentals at Lakeshore Park will be unavailable in 2019.
 
Additionally, a shoreline restoration and beach improvement project is being scheduled for Lakeshore Park. Due to the park and shoreline renovations, the Lakeshore Beach will be closed for summer 2019. We are anticipating being able to provide access to the Lakeshore Park trails throughout the renovations. Once we have more detail regarding the construction schedule and amenity availability, it will be shared on our website and via social media.  Click here for information about the project.

Alternative shelter options within the City of Novi include:

  • ITC Community Sports Park (Eight Mile/Napier Roads)
  • Rotary Park (Nine Mile/Novi Roads)
  • Wildlife Woods Park (11 Mile/Wixom Roads)

All above shelters can accommodate a maximum of 80 people, per fire code. Additional details, pricing, our policies and a link for online shelter reservations (starting 8 a.m. 1/8/19) can all be found at cityofnovi.org/rentals.  If you have any questions, please email us.

Address

601 S. Lake Drive Novi, MI 48375

Novi’s Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services Department oversees rentals of most city spaces, including the Civic Center, Fuerst Park, Township Hall and a variety of shelters and fields throughout the community.  If you are interested in renting a space, please complete the appropriate forms or submit an availability request.

Hours

8:00am - dusk

Read 2019 Amenities

Nature Trails  
Restrooms Seasonally Available May 1 - November 1

Description

The largest of the City’s parks, Lakeshore Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities and plays host to many community events. Active recreation opportunities include a swimming beach (on Walled Lake, the largest lake in the City) in the summer months, well maintained mountain bike and walking trails, and two play structures. The park is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Three picnic shelters are available for community use at the park. Pavilion Shore Park is only a short walk (0.2 miles) from the Lakeshore Park entrance and provides additional amenities to enjoy, such as lake front seating, pathways, fishing and open space.

Other Information

  • As of Sept. 2017, there is no entry fee for non-residents.
  • There is no boat launch at the park/beach.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but they are allowed in the rest of the park as long as they're on 6-feet leashes.
  • The ski and bike trails are accessible from the north end of the park, but the southern two shelters and trail entrance area is closed to vehicles during the “off season” November-April.

Mountain Bike Trail

Lakeshore Park Trail Map
Lakeshore Park
Trail Map

Lakeshore Park's mountain bike trail is approximately 10 miles long and covers a variety of terrain for both the intermediate and experienced rider.  In addition to the more challenging mountain bike trail, Lakeshore Park also contains an extensive network of wider trails suited to walking, family biking, and cross-country skiing.  The trail head and information kiosk is located at the south end of Lakeshore Park (601 South Lake Drive).  Note that motorized vehicles are not permitted anywhere on park property. The trail is maintained through a partnership with the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. Click here for Information regarding MCMBA or via their Facebook Page.

Lakeshore's Mountain Bike Trail (4:38 YouTube video)

In August 2016, local Eagle Scouts installed four benches along the mountain bike trails and sapling loop at Lakeshore Park, allowing tired riders to rest and take a break along their journeys.

Lakeshore Bench

Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail

Just north of the main trail entrance, members of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association constructed a Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail in fall 2015. The track is the first of its kind in Michigan and serves children ages 2 and older by providing a safe place to play, ride and develop biking skills.

Kids Bike Trail at Lakeshore Park  Kids Riding on Bike Trail at Lakeshore Park  Kids Bike Trail Lakeshore Park

The Michigan Recreation and Park Association presented a Park Design Award to Novi in February 2016 for the kids track during their annual conference in Traverse City.

Kids Bike Trail Award Acceptance

FAQs

The City has been receiving feedback on the Lakeshore Park renovation. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Why was the pathway moved off South Lake Drive and into the park?
We heard from many residents regarding concerns with the safety of the path in front of the park and suggestions that it be moved further into the park. Widening the pathway to make it compliant with today’s standards would have required the removal of trees and moving the utility poles from the front of the park.  The pathways in the park will have indirect lighting and are designed to meet today’s safety and accessibility standards.
 
Why is there a deck on the building?
The deck will provide Camp Lakeshore, recreation and library programs outdoor space.
 
Will the bathrooms be open year round?
Yes, we will be keeping the exterior bathrooms open year round. One of the goals of renovating Lakeshore Park was to provide year round recreation opportunities at the park. We will now be able to provide programs in the building and restrooms for park users during the winter.
 
Is the fence in front of the park being replaced?
Yes, it will be replaced with a new fence. Park users have asked for it to stay as it serves as a barrier for children to the street.
 
Will the building be used at night?
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services plans to offer recreational activities such as dance, fitness, art, and nature programs throughout the year. The Novi Public Library is also planning to offer programming to serve the residents on the north end of Novi.
 
When will the park close?
The beach will be closed this year. The park will remain open until a contractor is selected. City staff will work with the contractor on a plan to provide access to the mountain bike and hiking trails. Additional updates will be posted here and shared through the City’s social media outlets.
 
What is being done to the beach?
A shoreline stabilization project will be conducted starting in July. The project will add a handicap accessible ramp at the end of sidewalk on the east end of the beach, add concrete slabs under picnic tables, renovate the boat landing/launch for emergency personnel use and fix the areas of shore line that has eroded. 

History

August 28, 2019

Site utilities work is under way. Preparations have started on the building foundation.

August 12, 2019

The old camp building/restrooms, northern playground and Shelter 1 were removed.

July 11, 2019

Site clearing has occurred and preparation for grading work has begun.

June 13, 2019

A shoreline stabilization project is scheduled for both Lakeshore and Pavilion Shore Parks. The shoreline will be designed to protect against erosion with these repairs. Included in the park improvements are ADA ramps, concrete slabs under the picnic tables, and an emergency boat launch. The beach is closed for summer 2019 due to the two construction projects.

Construction got underway at Lakeshore Park on Wednesday morning, requiring us to close the park to the public.

The beach, park shelters, restrooms and playgrounds will be closed until further notice. Access to the trail system will be maintained as much as possible throughout the project with limited parking at the park entrance on South Lake Drive. Trail users should park at Pavilion Shore Park, located a quarter-mile east of Lakeshore Park.

The enhancements coming to Lakeshore Park include the construction of a 6,200-square-foot building designed for Novi Parks and Public Library programming, a paved parking lot, new park shelter, library kiosk, restroom access from outside of the building and more. At Lakeshore Beach, a shoreline stabilization project is planned to help with erosion in the area.

May 20, 2019

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Beach ClosedOn Monday, May, 20, City Council approved the construction contract for the improvements at Lakeshore Park. Construction will start after Memorial Day, and the project is expected to be completed by the spring. We will also be closing Lakeshore Beach this summer for shoreline stabilization work. Limited access to the mountain bike and hiking trails will be provided.

 Lakeshore Beach Closed

March 27, 2019

The Planning Commission approved the Lakeshore project unanimously with a directive to City staff to work with the neighboring residents on landscape screening. The project will now go out to bid and return to City Council to award a construction contract.

March 20, 2019

The City of Novi, after Visioning Sessions and feedback from our residents and with the blessing of City Council, is moving forward with plans to upgrade Lakeshore Park. The 6,200-square-foot building was designed for Novi Parks & Novi Public Library programming. It is to be located on the approximate site as the existing building and plans call for an enhanced parking lot, new park shelter and playground. After meeting with Library kiosk vendors, it was best determined to relocate this amenity adjacent to the parking lot, not attached to the building, for ease of access and use. The next step in the process is Planning Commission approval and then returning to City Council after the bid proposals are in to award a construction contract. Once construction begins, Lakeshore Park will be closed for the remainder of the year. Thank you to all of our residents for their input and continued support of our Novi.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Lakeshore Park Building Interior Lakeshore Park Building Lakeshore Park Site

Lakeshore Park Design - October 8, 2018October 8, 2018

Novi City Council gave unanimous approval to enter into final design and bid of the construction contract for Lakeshore Park renovations, including an approximately 6,200-square-foot community building, to be located on or in close proximity to the location of the existing building. This is the first step in the process to ready the project for bids and a timeline has yet to be established. No decision has been made on whether or not the park will be closed during construction or the work will be completed in stages. The City is extremely appreciative of all the feedback received and looks forward to an upgraded Lakeshore Park that will best serve all Novi residents.

June 18, 2018

At the Novi City Council meeting on June 18, 2018, City Council unanimously agreed to postpone a decision regarding the Lakeshore Park Community Building. Council asked City administration for more financial information regarding the building options, alternative building locations within the park, information and costs for adding a second entrance away from South Lake Drive, and research placement of a second building that would accommodate other uses at alternative locations outside of Lakeshore Park. The ultimate goal for City Council is to create a high-quality park that benefits all residents in Novi. The City will continue to utilize cityofnovi.org, e-newsletters and social media to keep residents informed of all updates on the project.

June 11, 2018

In addition to the information on the images regarding the project, the following were asked and addressed at the meeting on June 11, 2018: 

  • Where are the external restrooms?
    Three external restrooms will be accessed from the north side of the facility in close proximity to the beach access.
  • Will bike racks be included?
    Bike racks are planned to the west of the building near the patio.
  • Does the building include a kitchen?
    The main room will be configured to include a refrigerator and sink.  There will be no ovens for food prep.
  • The parking lot is sized for park usage and is not based on 6200 vs 9200 sq. ft. building.
  • The playground will be for children of all ages.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Lakeshore Park Current Site and Building Lakeshore Park - Proposed Site Plan Options Lakeshore Park - Sustainability Lakeshore Park - Elevations

Information on all projects scheduled in the City’s Capital Improvement Program can be found here. Please feel free to email questions regarding Lakeshore Park and/or other park projects or call 248-347-0400.

Lakeshore Park Project Update - Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6-7pm

December 2, 2017

In early December, a meeting was held to hear attendee’s vision for proposed improvements to Lakeshore Park and determine how we can work together to upgrade park amenities to best serve ALL Novi residents. Feedback received at the meeting and throughout the review process was used to make modifications to a pair of proposals which were shared at an Update Meeting on Monday, June 11.

October 9, 2017

At the Novi City Council meeting on October 9, 2017, City Council unanimously agreed to table the resolution regarding the Lakeshore Park Community Building and revisit the scope of the project, including building and parking lot size. The ultimate goal for City Council is to create a high-quality park that benefits all residents in Novi. The City will continue to utilize cityofnovi.org, e-newsletters and social media to keep residents informed of all updates on the project.

September 2017 Site Plan Rendering
May 2017 Conceptual Plan
Novi Today Article:  Novi's Jewel to Shine Even Brighter

August 2, 2016

An independent 2014 PRCS Capital Needs Assessment identified Lakeshore Park as a priority, including improvements to the parking lot, construction of a new building designed to accommodate all program requirements, as well as the North Shelter and North Playground replacement. A conceptual plan was presented as part of the needs assessment. In August 2016, City of Novi voters approved a Capital Improvement Millage, which included Lakeshore Park re-development as one of the featured projects.

A new building and park plan was developed based on citizen, PRCS Commission and City Council feedback; and working in conjunction with PRCS and facilities staff, architects, city planners, landscape architect, and public safety personnel. The new building is intended for parks and recreation programs, children’s camps, senior citizen programs, a library presence and to serve as a voting location for two precincts. The parking lot will be paved, the large shelter and front playground will be replaced and the volleyball courts will be moved to the active area of the park, near the soccer field. The overall plan will provide safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists using the park and make the park more accessible for those with disabilities.