Novi in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pavilion Shore Park
Honoring a Rich History
The now-serene shores of Walled Lake haven't always been this quiet. From the early 1920s to the late 1960s, Novi's southern shore of Walled Lake was home to the premiere entertainment venue for metro Detroit. The catalyst was the Walled Lake Casino, which opened in 1925 and boasted an elegant ballroom that attracted the most popular bands of the time. Walled Lake Amusement Park, highlighted by "The Flying Dragon" roller coaster, came four years later and was an immediate hit. Crowds by the thousands flocked to Walled Lake to listen to music, dance, have a picnic or enjoy thrill rides. Attendance started to decline in the early 1960s and the dance hall and amusement park closed for good at the end of the 1968 season.
The pavilion that sits here today pays homage to the legacy of the Walled Lake Casino through its design. The clerestory structure, curved roof line and red shingles resemble that of the old structure, and the airy quality of the open space is reminiscent of the band area. The pavilion opened to the public on September 28, 2016, and provides welcome shade to park patrons who visit this Novi jewel.
Erected by City of Novi.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 42° 30.645′ N, 83° 28.663′ W. Marker is in Novi, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from South Lake Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is about 400 feet north of Thirteen Mile Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43390 West Thirteen Mile Road, Novi MI 48377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walled Lake Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); Worth the Drive (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Built for Fun (about 500 feet away); Sharing the Bounty (approx. 1.3 miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 1˝ miles away); Stonecrest (approx. 1.6 miles away); Novi's Crucial Crossing (approx. 2 miles away); Grand River Bridge (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Novi.
Also see . . . Pavilion Shore Park. Page on the City of Novi website devoted to the park. The page includes a history of the park. (Submitted on January 12, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.