WELCOME

Welcome to Lake Norcentra Park

Located on the campus of Rochester College, Lake Norcentra Park is a peaceful setting of towering trees, scenic bluffs, and two small lakes. A favorite spot for the campus community since the college opened in 1959, the park and adjoining estate house were formerly owned by Detroit advertising executive Lou Maxon. The park’s natural beauty and intriguing history make it a memorable place for the campus community and visitors alike.

A Gem on the Clinton River Trail

Most people in the Rochester region did not know about Lake Norcentra Park until the Clinton River Trail opened in 2005. During warm weather, thousands of bicyclists, runners, and walkers pass by the park every day on the popular trail. In recent years, the college has opened the park to the community and visitors from the Clinton River Trail. Come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Norcentra Park!

MASTER PLAN

Illustration of Master Plan

Rochester College hosted a two-day design charrette in 2014 to generate a conceptual plan for Lake Norcentra Park. Representatives of several community organizations participated in the event, which resulted in the development of a master plan for the park. Realization of the plan is a multi-year process taking place as volunteers and funding become available.

 2015 Accomplishments

  • Park design element refinement (Team-4-Community)
  • Overgrowth clearing for Cheer Garden and other park clean-up projects (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Stairway repairs and painting projects (student volunteers)
  • Pump house door construction and tree trimming (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Benches and picnic tables (Home Depot and Good Karma Club volunteers)
  • Riverfront Clean-up (Clinton River Watershed Council volunteers)
  • Light pole banners

2016 Accomplishments

  • Park spring clean-up and landscaping (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of Warrior Center for Cheer Garden (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Removal of 35 dead and dying trees (Gresham Seasonal Services)
  • Cheer Garden landscaping (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Pathways to Clinton River Trail (Wolverine Construction volunteers and City of Rochester Hills)
  • Entrance signs from Clinton River Trail (City of Rochester Hills)
  • Contest for mural on Clinton River Trail (sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union)
  • Cheer Garden landscaping and mural site preparations (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Defined Cheer Garden food trucks and Yates Cider booth
  • Patronicity campaign to fund park improvements
  • Rochester Community Mural painting launch (community volunteers)

2017 Accomplishments

  • Photo of MuralCompletion of Rochester Community Mural painting process (community volunteers)
  • Blocking of gym windows in preparation for Rochester Community Mural installation (masons provided by Wolverine Construction)
  • Bicycle rack and bicycle repair station installation in Cheer Garden (funded by Brooksie Way mini-grant)
  • Park spring clean-up and landscaping (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of park benches, picnic tables, and bridge (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Painting of Cheer Garden picnic tables and mural site clean-up (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)
  • Installation of new LED lighting throughout park (Shoreview Electric)
  • Photo of Fountain in lakeInstallation of fountains and aerators in Lake Norcentra (JC Living Waters)
  • Removal of fallen trees from Lake Norcentra’s south bluff (Gresham Seasonal Services)
  • Installation of Rochester Community Mural (sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union)
  • Lakefront and mural site final clean-up (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Painting of maintenance shop (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Warrior Center and Gallaher stairway landscaping (Kent Piatt)
  • Wayfinding and historical signage (Display mix)
  • Foundation for deck overlooking Lake Norcentra (Rochester Church of Christ Project One 22 volunteers)

2018 Accomplishments

  • Dredging of area between Lake Norcentra and pond
  • Installation of two gazebos
  • Completion of deck overlooking Lake Norcentra
  • Park spring clean-up (Lake Norcentra Park Volunteer Day)
  • Lakefront and mural site clean-up (Elevate summer camp volunteers)
  • Reconstruction of Gallaher patio overlooking Lake Norcentra

Long-term Projects

  • Removal of maintenance shop
  • Open air event structure on maintenance shop site
  • Amphitheatre on lake edge near Gallaher Center


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VOLUNTEER


Individual and Group Opportunities

Volunteer »

Volunteers play an integral role in Lake Norcentra Park improvement efforts. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to assist with such special projects as:

  • Trimming Trees and Bushes
  • Painting Park Furniture and Park Buildings
  • Landscaping
  • Park Cleanup
  • Small Carpentry Projects

Lake Norcentra Volunteer Day

Each spring, the Alumni Association sponsors its annual park volunteer day. Over the past several years, alumni, students, and community friends have focused on spring cleanup efforts in the park and have completed a number of special projects. The event includes a continental breakfast and lunch for participants, and the day ends with ice cream. The date for the volunteer day is normally announced in the spring.

DONATE

Park Improvement Fund

Your gifts to Lake Norcentra Park provide funding for continued park improvements. Your gifts are tax deductible and make it possible for others to enjoy an even better environment in Lake Norcentra Park. Please consider providing support for the park improvement fund. Donate »

amphitheaterPark Enhancements with Naming Potential

Major enhancements are planned for Lake Norcentra Park. When you sponsor one of these projects, you establish a legacy and make your own mark on the park and the Rochester community.

For more information about these projects and possible naming options, contact Larry Stewart at lstewart@rc.edu.

  • Amphitheater. This four-tier stone structure is planned for the lake edge near Gallaher Center. Located in one of the favorite areas for viewing Lake Norcentra, the amphitheater will be ideal for small gatherings like concerts, theatre, weddings, and outdoor classes.
  • Event Structure: This open-air structure is planned for the site of the current maintenance building. Formed by beams resembling a chapel, this beautiful structure will be ideal for larger gatherings like concerts, theatre, and weddings. It will include lighting for evening events.

TOURS & INFORMATION

Contact & Tours

For park information or tours, fill out the form below and we will contact you within one business day. You are also welcome to contact park coordinator Larry Stewart at lstewart@rc.edu or 248-218-2023.

Lake Norcentra Park hosts strolling tours. Larry Stewart will guide you on a leisurely stroll around the lake, telling the story of Lake Norcentra Park. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. Indicate below if you would like to participate in a tour.