Central Park's history dates back to 1966 when the first parcel of land was purchased. In 1978, The Farmer's Market Pavilion was constructed and includes restrooms, electricity and a drinking fountain. More land was acquired in 1986 and 2005 expanding Central Park to be 188 acres. Central Park is where you will find the Meridian Township offices, the Public Safety Building, the Historical Village and the Nokomis Learning Center. Other amenities in the park include athletic fields, fishing dock and pond that is regularly stocked, nature trails, picnic areas, a playground and so much more. Central Park continues to grow to accommodate the needs and interests of the community. Watch for the upcoming additions and changes to this magnificent park:
GATEWAY FOOTBRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND NEW RESTROOM FACILITY
The Meridian Historical Village is being funded by a $150,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund together with a $150,000 local match from the Park Millage for these two projects.
CENTRAL MERIDIAN REGIONAL TRAIL CONNECTOR
This nearly half-mile paved trail and accessible fishing platform is being funded through a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in the amount of $272,500 and a $122,500 Park Millage local match. This trail will begin at the Historical Village and run west through Central Park connecting to an existing paved trail in Central Park South. This trail will eventually connect to a new trail that will eventually connect MSU to Lake Lansing. These trails will augment the existing pathway system that traverses Meridian Township.
SMALL DOG PARK
Construction of the small dog park is currently underway with a target opening before the holiday. The off-leash dog area will be at the entrance to Nancy Moore Park. Please visit meridian.mi.us for rules and regulations.
LARGE DOG PARK
This park is in the planning stages in Central Park South and is being designed in unison with the Central Meridian Regional Trail Connector. This park is slated to open in the summer of 2019 once the trail project is completed.
MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN FARMERS’ MARKET RELOCATION PROJECT
This project will move the existing Meridian Farmers’ Market across the street along Central Park Drive. It will create a new hub for recreation, fresh food delivery, and social gathering while sharing existing paved parking with Meridian Mall. The easier access for visitors will make our already successful market even a more desirable place to visit! This project includes a pavilion, restroom, office for food assistance management, gathering plaza, music stage, and playground. Artificial ice will provide opportunities for ice skating in the winter months as well as during special events throughout the year! Construction will be completed in 2019.