NEW PARK IN ALBION NAME UNVEILING
The Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Department hosted a name unveiling and community walk on June 4 at the newly completed park in Albion Township at 10750 28 Mile Rd, Albion MI. The new name is Ménwabek Meadow Park.” The name is a Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi translation of “beautiful metal.” This name symbolizes the park’s purpose as an Iron Belle Trailhead and its restoration to a wildflower meadow.*
After the unveiling, a 3-mile group walk took place from the county park trailhead to Victory Park and back.
The newest County park hosts 65 acres of scenic, restored prairie habitat and woodlands, along with a paved trail, kiosk, and benches. The park also serves as a trailhead for the Iron Bell Trail, Albion River Trail, and the North Country Trail.
This park offers proximity to Albion College’s campus, the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, Whitehouse Nature Center, the Kalamazoo River, and downtown Albion. A shared hope in the community is that this trailhead will become a welcoming and dynamic recreational use area, increasing awareness and public access to many new opportunities. Albion College, Kalamazoo River Recreational Foundation, Calhoun County Parks Millage, and Michigan DNR funded the development of this park.
One of the speakers at the event was a representative of the Potawatomi tribe. She looked over the land and said she appreciated the restoration of the land and how people can walk on it. She said other peoples walked on it long before we arrived, and that other peoples will walk on it in the future.
“Other peoples walked on this land long before we arrived, and other peoples will walk on it in the future.”
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