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This park is located at the southeast corner of S. Commerce and Commerce Roads. This 106 acre park’s northern section was once part of the State of Michigan parks donated by the Dodge family. The Dodge family donated property for a series of parks in southeast Michigan. Additionally, the park was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) plantings of the “New Deal” social services programs spearheaded by President Franklin D Roosevelt during the “Big Depression” of the 1930’s. Historical records show that company SP-3, 1615 on November 27, 1933 completed the “Dodge Bloomer” planting on November 27 th, 1933. This planting can still be seen from the Commerce Twp. Dodge 5 Park through Emerald Pines subdivision, across Bay Pointe area and into the West Bloomfield Bloomer Park at Richardson and Green Lake Roads.
During the 1960-70’s Dodge 5 had rustic camp sites in the northern central area. The northern most part of the park was owned at that time by the State of Michigan and rented to the Township. In the 1980’s the Farmington and Huron Valley Areas YMCAs teamed up to hold a youth Summer Fun Day Camp in the park. Councilors introduced the campers to the wildlife and history of this unique area. For many of these children, this was their first introduction to ducks on the river, mulberry trees and the C.C.C. plantings mentioned above. In the 1990’s the Charter Township of Commerce purchased the State of Michigan’s portion of the park, for the preservation of this open space, for the people of our community.
A portion of the C.C.C. planting will be preserved at the new southern entrance to the park which is proposed to be developed in Phase I of the park’s Master Plan developed by the Park’s and Recreation committee with the help of the Consultant firm of Becket and Raeder and approved by the Charter Twp of Commerce Board of Trustees in August 2006. Multipurpose/soccer fields, improved pathways including a connection to the current Twp. Non-motorized pathway, playground equipment, picnic shelter and nature trails are all proposed in this plan. In additional phases of this project restrooms, improved parking, a boardwalk and recreational center are planned. A full copy of the Master Plan for this park and the related amendments the Twp. Parks and Recreation Master Plan can be reviewed at the Twp. during regular business hours.