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West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

An Advocate for Parks

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 5, 2020
1. An Advocate for Parks Marker
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A local advocate and leader.
Daniel J. Navarre served as the Director of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission (WBPRC) from January 1999 until November of 2014. He is the longest serving director to date and is credited with securing over $4 million in grants to fund large portions of the WBPRC's improvement projecxts.

The WBPRC is forever grateful for Dan's innovative approaches that enhanced the parks and expanded the nature trails. On behalf of the residents of West Bloomfield, and many future generations to come, we express our deep appreciation for the enrichment of our parks and recreational spaces that are attributable in large part to Dan's leadership and dedication.

An unparalleled contribution to Township parks.
This trail section is dedicated in honor of the exemplary service and outstanding projects developed under the guidance of Director Daniel J. Navarre, including:
  1. Acquisition and development of an additional 2.5 miles to the West Bloomfield Trail;
  2. Development of the award-winning Marshbank Park;
  3. The renovation of Bloomer Park and the
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    Schulak farmhouse and barn;
  4. Acquisition of an additional 17 acres to Karner Farm as well as the creation of the West Bloomfield Dog Park and Community Garden;
  5. Creation of the Skate Park at Drake Sports Park.
A snapshot of Dan's impact on parks:

 
Erected by West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1999.
 
Location. 42° 33.377′ N, 83° 26.089′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, about 400 feet north of Walnut Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Bloomfield Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Minnow Pond (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named An Advocate for Parks (approx. 2.2 miles away); Settling the Dust (approx. 2.3 miles away); Theron Murray House
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(approx. 2˝ miles away); The Great Blues (approx. 2.7 miles away); Go in Peace (approx. 2.9 miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield Township.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Identical marker
An identical marker is also on the West Bloomfield Trail, 2.3 miles east of this marker.
    — Submitted September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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