Waterford, Michigan -- West Bloomfield Township received the fourth annual Oak Land Award from Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services for its continuing efforts to sustain the township's green infrastructure. West Bloomfield Township was recognized for:
- its recently renovated Marshbank Park, winner of the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association’s Park Design Award.
- the West Bloomfield Trail Extension Project which is adding 2.7 miles to the 4.25 mile trail.
- being a partner community on a 2011-2012 tree planting project funded through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant and an ITC Holdings Corp. donation.
"Oakland County applauds West Bloomfield for its contributions to an enhanced quality of life through sustainability, planning and execution," said Matt Gibb, deputy Oakland County executive. “West Bloomfield’s commitment to a green community benefits its residents and all of Oakland County."
Joe Ketchum, West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation superintendent, accepted the award on behalf of the township during the fourth annual Trail, Water, & Lands Alliance Celebration (formerly known as the Oakland County Green Infrastructure Celebration) held Oct. 5 at Camp Wathana, a Campfire USA facility in Rose Township.
The Oak Land Award is designed to be passed on each year from one recipient to the next. The nominee must have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated successful efforts toward the planning, promotion, design, development or support of green infrastructure in Oakland County. Novi, Springfield Township and Southfield are past recipients.
Dave Gendler, a local woodworking artist, created the award from a piece ash tree that was attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer in the city of Troy.