Founder's Park Fishing Pier Opens
The Founders Fishing Pier, which stretches into the park’s two-acre pond, features an ADA-accessible boardwalk, seating area and educational signage. Along with providing a key spot for people to cast their lines and spot marine wildlife and birds, the pier will be used for hands-on Nature Center activities, the city’s After School Program and the Optimist’s Club “Project Fish Program.” Rather than have the traditional ribbon cutting, city officials decided on a ceremonial “first cast” to mark the special day for the pier, built entirely with money from the Bosch Community Fund.
Max Straub, chief financial officer of Farmington Hills-based Robert Bosch, LLC, did the honors. It didn’t take long for Straub to get a bite, and moments later she had reeled in a glistening blue gill trout — her first-ever catch — which was soon tossed back. Staff from Farmington Hills and Bosch were among those who gathered for the event. Straub noted that the fishing pier and its nature-related activities typify her company’s commitment to ecology and sustainability. “At Bosch, we believe it’s never too early to gain appreciation for or be reminded about taking care of our environment,” she said. Bosch has a strong connection with the Farmington Hills community, she added, and its quality of life. “I’m so pleased the Bosch Community Foundation was put to such a great pier,” she said, noting “many memories and ‘embellished’ fish stories will be created from this.”
Dave Boyer, Farmington Hills assistant city manager, said the pier was a long-time coming. “It’s something that was in the plans for years and years and years,” he said. “Bosch came forward with funding — and it’s fantastic.” According to Mark Stephens of Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Project Fish Coordinator, plenty of healthy blue gill, large mouth bass, ducks, turtles and more make their home in the Founders Sports Park pond. The park is off Eight Mile Road east of Halsted Road.