Rochester Hills Picks Park Name: Innovation Hills

Rochester Hills Picks Park Name: Innovation Hills

(City of Rochester Hills Press Release, May 4, 2017)

Rochester Hills, MI – After the community wide contest, the Rochester Hills City Council  unanimously voted to change the  name of the city’s newest park  to Innovation Hills!

This exciting new name captures the true spirit of both our community and what the city hopes  this new park will provide.  Over 500 names were submitted and reviewed by the Naming Committee.  The Committee narrowed the submissions and after additional refining, selected Innovation Hills as the new park’s name.

The city desires this quality of life investment to be unique and different. With this in mind, the park will create innovative ways to enjoy nature, family, and the wildlife that currently call the park home.

In the future, visitors will find innovative opportunities for new learning and quiet escapes from the daily grind. As a city that prides itself on being innovative, discovering there is no other recreational park in the nation called Innovation Hills underscored just how perfect this new name is for our park.

From its inception, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has aimed to create a regional attraction unlike anything else in Southeast Michigan. Features of the park include ten acres of pond for  recreational use,  a crescent overlook bridge, miles of trails and boardwalks,  and the region’s  largest  universal play area for children of all abilities.

“The support we have seen for this new park from our community has been overwhelmingly positive,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We’re excited to work with our community partners to help bring Innovation Hills to life.”

Early preparations for construction of the park’s first feature, a sensory garden, have already begun near the south end of the park.  The Sensory Garden will be comprised of two different green spaces; a student designed and maintained area and a professionally designed garden, both will serve the public as a recreational sensory garden .  For more information on how you can help make this park a reality, visit

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