DNR seeks public input

Thursday February 14, 2019 

Contact: Debbie Jensen, 517-284-6105 

DNR seeks public input on Maybury State Park draft general management plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a draft general management plan to guide the future of Maybury State Park in Northville Township, in southeast Michigan.

The DNR will host a public meeting Tuesday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northville Community Center banquet room, 303 W. Main Street, Northville. 

A link to the Maybury State Park draft general management plan and additional information on the DNR’s management plan process can be found at www.Michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

When finalized, the general management plan for Maybury State Park will define a long-range (10-20 year) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR in meeting its responsibilities to 1) protect and preserve the sites' natural and cultural resources, and 2) provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities. 

Maybury State Park contains almost 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow, mature forest, a variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, providing people in the metropolitan area an opportunity to get involved in outdoor recreation activities in a state park setting. The state acquired the land from the City of Detroit in 1971 following the closure of the Maybury Sanitorium that once occupied the site. 

The park offers an extensive trail system for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.  Other recreation opportunities include an organizational campground, day camp building, shelters available for rent and fishing on the park’s 8-acre pond.  Maybury Riding Stable operates from within the park seasonally, and Maybury Farm, operated by the Northville Community Foundation, provides public education about the animals and agricultural of a traditional working farm in Michigan. In addition, many events and educational programs are held each year in Maybury State Park.  

“Public input is a critical part of the planning process. Over 1,000 people responded to an online public input survey which has helped to guide this draft plan” said park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen.  “Maybury State Park is fortunate to have many community partners and volunteers that support the park” Unit Supervisor Traci Sincock said. “We want to ensure we are responsive to the needs and desires of the community as we move forwards”.

The March 5 meeting will begin with a short overview of the draft plan followed by an open-house during which the public is invited to review the planning materials, provide comments and talk to DNR. Comments also may be sent via email through March 12 to DNR park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen at jensend1@michigan.gov.

For more information about the March 5 meeting or the draft management plan, contact DNR park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired).