Thursday, August 31, 2023

Opportunity Park is officially dedicated in Romulus

Romulus city officials and recreation commission members proudly
cut the ribbon opening the new Opportunity Park on Northline Road
in the community. The park is located next to the Romulus Athletic Center.
It was an 'opportunity' Romulus officials couldn't pass up.

Recently, the city celebrated the grand opening of Opportunity Park on Northline Road. The park was created from an underutilized piece of land established during construction of the Romulus Athletic Center (RAC). While a walking path was installed during the construction, the park was relatively secluded, nearly hidden by an abundance of trees and overgrown brush, bushes and weeds, a spokesman explained.

During the celebratory ribbon cutting officially opening the park, members of the Romulus Rotary Club were on hand to provide their famous grilled hot dogs and refreshments to the audience.

City of Romulus officials applied for and were awarded a $70,000 grant from Kaboom! (SIC) and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation through the Play Everywhere Challenge, for improvements to what they named Opportunity Park. The brush and overgrowth along the entrance of the park was cleared to create a more open, safe, and inviting space with improved site lines. The wooden bridge that crosses the entrance to the park was reconstructed. Gordon Components, a Romulus company, donated the labor to help build and install playground equipment and StoryWalk nature themed interpretive signage was also installed.

Romulus Recreation Commission member Leah Cholette, and her granddaughters, helped paint a nature themed activity circuit along the walking path, making the area inviting, officials said.

The city Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) provided funding to clear additional trees and overgrowth inside the park which was not covered by the grant funds. The repair and upgrading of lighting around the walking path to LED fixtures was also funded by TIFA funds.

The park is located at 35765 Northline Road, on the east side of the RAC parking lot.